Iona Cap House

The project comprised the restoration of the late Medieval saddleback roof to the Abbey Church Tower.  The design was based on 18th and 19th century sketches and survey documentation from the consolidation of the ruins undertaken during the late 19th century and incorporated the design of a new finial cross and stained glass window with Graciela Ainsworth and Patrick Ross-Smith.

The project also included phased removal of dense cement pointing to the external walls of the South Presbytry and Choir walls of the Abbey Church and replacement with high calcium lime mortar; and a programme of specialist conservation treatments to the Medieval carved features within the church including the carved Capitals of the Crossing and South Choir Aisle, the Pescina and Sedilia and undertaken in association with Bill Martin conservator, Graciela Ainsworth and latterly Dr John Dixon of Edinburgh University.

The work was undertaken by the Abbey Direct Works Department with assistance from specialist contractors who also provided training for the tradesmen in the the construction and dressing of the masonry and the conservation treatments to the carved medieval detail within the Church.  The works were completed in 1996.