For the last few months, visitors will have noticed that Fermain Tower has been shrouded in soon-to-be removed scaffolding and protective covers.
Stonework has been re-pointed, the tower has been capped with a unique fibreglass roof and is now wind and watertight, ready for the internal drying out process to begin. This is expected to take about six months and will include the use of damp-extracting fans and then, making the most of the Spring and Summer’s natural warmth. By the end of Summer 2017 and once the Tower is a clean and dry space, we will have a true idea of how the tower’s infrastructure and bespoke fitting out will advance.
Two council members visited Fermain Tower over the weekend, where the Fermain Beach Café, was also open on this bright blue sky day. A short site visit evolved into a long happy day, sitting against a warm sea wall and enjoying the remarkable view that Fermain Bay offers. After months of short Winter days and challenging winter weather, to be able to enjoy the sight and sounds of Fermain Bay’s spectacular vista, so early in the year, felt akin to being part of a private audience at a movie premiere.
We’re thrilled to say that donations have already been received for this project, which is likely to cost around £200k to complete. The restoration and the completion of this project is entirely fund-raising dependent.
To restore and open a heritage property for the enjoyment of islanders and visitors, is a very long-held aim for the Trust. Your support in helping us to achieve our aim, is vital.
If you’re keen to support this project and interested to learn more, please be in touch with President Tony Spruce on 07781 103229 or by email