£305,000 boost for New Lanark’s Caithness Row

AS starts go to any house repair job, a £305,000 handout towards the cost of the work is a pretty good one!

That is the sum granted this week to New Lanark for the never-ending task of keeping the village at the very top of the Scottish tourism league.

The cash is in the form of a Historic Scotland Building Repair Grant and will go part of the way to pay for a massive renovation planned for the Caithness Row block of 18th century homes.

To be more accurate, it is actually a re-renovation as the Row was the very first part of New Lanark restored 40 years ago. Now, much of that restoration work has to be renewed or replaced.

The director of the New Lanark Trust, Lorna Davidson, said: “The tenement now requires a major overhaul to bring it up to the high conservation standards appropriate to an A Listed Building in the World Heritage Site. The grant will make a welcome contribution to the total estimated cost.”

New Lanark Trust is exploring options to raise the match-funding required to take the project forward.