Bath Street, Largs
North Ayrshire, Scotland
United Kingdom, KA30 8BL
In 2008 the Congregational Board agreed to embark on the restoration of the church building.
This commenced with preparation of a Condition Report to repair and restore the stonework, replace roof slates, replace lead work, renew guttering and down pipes, replace some wood rot and plaster, rewire the church, upgrade the light fittings and redecorate the church.
In September 2008 Robert Potter & Partners Architects in Ayr were appointed to oversee the total refurbishment. This involved undertaking a feasibility study preparing drawings of the Church and preparing Bills of Quantities for tendering purposes to establish the indicative cost of the project. The indicative cost of the project was £694,608.
The Congregational Board agreed to fund the restoration project from reserves, grants and pledges from the congregation. In May 2010 there were three presentations to the congregation and, along with other events, £209,095 was raised.
Applications were made to Historic Scotland and Heritage Lottery Fund. Historic Scotland liked our project however, due to their limited resources, were unable to provide funding in recessionary times. Heritage Lottery Fund supported the restoration with a grant of £125,000 with a further £28,000 raised from other funding organisations.
We obtained the necessary permission from Ardrossan Presbytery & The General Trustees of Church of Scotland, with LTM Group Limited of Stirling being appointed as the main contractor to the project. The start of the restoration work was delayed until May 2012 due to the amount of exterior restoration work. While the restoration work was undertaken the congregation worshipped in the Dunn Memorial Hall.
The first service in the newly refurbished church was on 6th January 2013 with the Very Reverend Albert Bogle rededicating our church on Sunday 28th April 2013. Remedial work is due to be completed in 2014 with the restoration projected to come within budget.
We thank the craftsmen for restoring and beautifying our church along with the generosity of our members and funding bodies in supporting this work. We appreciate the prayerful consideration of many and the Lord’s guiding hand on this project.