Repairs for historic steps

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Specialist restoration work to one of Lancaster’s iconic landmarks is set to start in the next few weeks.

The steps leading to the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park have been closed for over a year due to the condition of the foundations and support structures below ground.

Work is expected to start on Monday, December 3. It will begin with the huge task of removing the fragile granite steps and making repairs to the areas of damaged stone.

A new supporting structure to the lower staircase will be constructed in reinforced concrete and steel, the repaired granite steps replaced and the masonry joints re-pointed.

Manager of Williamson Park, Will Griffith, said: “Williamson Park remains one of Lancashire’s most popular attractions.

“This Grade I listed building is now more than 100 years old and like any building of its age needs careful maintenance. Specialist restoration work is vital to ensuring that this magnificent building continues to serve our local communities and attracts visitors to the district for another 100 years.”

Lancaster City Council is funding the £183,000 reconstruction of the park steps by local construction company, Colin Briscoe Construction Limited, and specialist stone masons.

The project should be completed by the end of March 2013.