Blow for St Andrews’ Cathedral?

St Andrews' Cathedral, Glasgow, before scaffolding went up

CROSSWIRES is awaiting confirmation on how the collapse of a respected specialist masonry firm is going to effect the restoration of St Andrews’ Cathedral in Glasgow.

News today from within the construction industry has confirmed newspaper reports that Hunter & Clark has collapsed into administration. This is a terrible blow to the firm’s 168 employees and another hit to the already beleaguered local construction industry. In addition, it casts a shadow on the extensive project at St Andrews’.

According to the firm’s own restoration and conservation website: “Our expert and experienced teamworking skills can be seen on two examples of our current sites, St Andrews’s Cathedral Glasgow where we are conducting extensive external and internal renovation work and Roslyn Chapel Mid-Lothian, here we are responsible for detailed restoration work along with a new build contract.”

In addition in the last few months, Hunter & Clark has started work on three major new contracts in Glasgow and Lanark, worth a total of £3.7m, including a major internal renovation project on the Gothic-style St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Lanark. All the projects are believed to be in limbo—as recovery specialists Zolfo Cooper step in—until the administrators can decide what action to take to rescue the company.

Hunter Clark Ltd’s began in 1900 when two Monumental Masons, Thomas Hunter & William Clark, set up business in Glasgow’s Gallowgate to serve the Eastern Necropolis Cemetery.

The family who owned Hunter & Clark until it went into administration acquired the firm in 1923.


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