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Historic ruins on iconic island given a facelift

High tides and stong wind created some spectacular waves at Amble on Sunday looking over to Coquet Island.

High tides and stong wind created some spectacular waves at Amble on Sunday looking over to Coquet Island.

The remains of a monastic cell and a medieval tower on the Heritage at Risk register are currently being repaired on Coquet Island, following a £93,000 grant from English Heritage.

The work to the scheduled monument and listed buildings include urgent stone repairs to the remains of the medieval monastic range and the medieval tower beneath the lighthouse.

The team involved has used the repairs as a chance to train students in traditional heritage skills.

The repairs are part of a wider £200,000 project co-funded by the RSPB, Northumberland Estates, Trinity House, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Coast AONB, and Sir James Knott Trust.

As part of the ongoing work, the roof of a cottage on the island has been replaced and the cottage is being refurbished giving RSPB wardens additional year-round accommodation.

The work is being project managed by the North of England Civic Trust, with architects Spence and Dower LLP and quantity surveyors Thornton-Firkin LLP. The contractor is Team Force Restoration Ltd.

The island, which is off Amble, is a RSPB reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest with populations of breeding birds including the only UK colony of breeding roseate terns. It is closed to the public.

 

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