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					                          THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL                    Agenda
                                                                   Item     9
                          INVERNESS CITY COMMITTEE                Report
                                                                    No      96/08
                          8 DECEMBER 2008
                          Faith, Hope and Charity Statues

                           Report by Inverness City Manager

SUMMARY

This report updates Members regarding the costs for reinstating the Faith Hope and
Charity statues at the two locations that received the most votes from the public
consultation – (1) Ness Bank Church Gardens and (2) The Castle Embankment (West
facing)


1.    Introduction

1.1   Report No. ICC58/08 dated 25 July 2008 by the Inverness City Manager was
      presented to Inverness City Committee on 4th August 2008.

      This reported on the consultation that had been conducted and the outcome of
      possible options for the re-instatement of the Faith Hope and Charity statues.

      Ness Bank Church received the most public votes as their first choice location with
      64% of those who voted choosing it.

      The Castle Embankment (West facing) received the most public votes as their
      second choice location with 67% of those who voted choosing it.

      A detailed breakdown of cost for installation was required before any decision could
      be taken on the location.

      This should be:

        i.    Full installation costs at both sites; and
        ii.   Costs for the statues being mounted on one single or three separate plinths.


2.    Possible Options for Re-instatement

2.1   Ness Bank

      This location would reward visitors who walk along either side of the river banks to
      and from the islands.

      Both architecturally and culturally there is a harmony between the Faith Hope and
      Charity statues and the adjacent Ness Bank Church with an opportunity to place a
      plaque with interpretive text about the statues.

      This is a busy public location which should be less likely to be affected by vandalism
      or interference with the statues. The railings around the landscaped area could
      remain in place as an additional deterrent to any interference.

      A plinth or plinths of about 1.8 metres should be constructed to facilitate viewing the
      statues from below in accordance with the original concept.

      Advice from TEC Service is that the Ness Bank garden location would be suitable
      for erecting the statues and readily accessible for the associated construction work.
      Analysis during the River Ness Flood study shows medium dense sand and gravel
      that would accommodate the statues.

      It will be necessary to commission Structural and Civil Engineering Consultants to
      undertake a Feasibility Study which includes a Concept Design and Budget Cost.

2.2   Castle Embankment

      This location would enable the Faith Hope and Charity statues to be viewed quite
      clearly from up river, down river and both sides of the river.

      A comprehensive geotechnical investigation of the ground conditions on the
      embankment will be an essential prerequisite to any consideration of a foundation,
      base and plinth in this location. With such a steep embankment of around 45
      degrees, it is essential the 9 tonne statues plus the base are set on a secure
      foundation that is anchored into the hillside.

      The nature of this location makes it a far more difficult and expensive option for re-
      locating the statues, likely to involve the use of a heavy duty specialist crane and
      possibly temporary closure of Castle Road.

      Advice from TEC Services and Housing & Property Services is that it will be
      necessary to commission Structural and Civil Engineering Consultants to undertake
      a Feasibility Study which includes a Concept Design and Budget Cost.


3.    Cost of Re-instatement

3.1   Design and Cost

      It is impossible to provide cost estimates for re-locating the Faith Hope and Charity
      statues at either location without comprehensive analysis of the sites and an
      appropriate design and cost exercise.

      It will be necessary to commission Structural and Civil Engineering Consultants with
      expertise in soil and landscape analysis that could assess the sites; consider the
      construction requirements at each site; design the appropriate foundations and
      plinths; and determine the corresponding costs.
      The costs for re-location of the statues can only be calculated after the design has
      been completed and offered to contractors for tender.

      Given the nature of the sites, re-instatement of the Faith Hope and Charity statues
      at the Castle Embankment (West facing) site is likely to be considerably more than
      at the Ness Bank garden site.


4.    Resource Implications

4.1   The cost for Structural and Civil Engineering Consultants to design and cost the re-
      instatement of the Faith Hope and Charity statues for both of the two locations may
      be up to £10,000 in total.


5.    RECOMMENDATION

      Members are invited to authorise up to £10,000 from the Common Good Fund
      Revenue Budget to enable Structural and Civic Engineering Consultants to be
      commissioned to undertake a Feasibility Study which includes a Concept Design
      and Budget cost for the re-instatement of the Faith Hope and Charity Statues at the
      two locations.


      Signature:

      Designation:             Inverness City Manager

      Date:                   20 November 2008

      Author/Reference:       Charles Stephen CS/WM260608

      Background Papers:
                                                     Appendix 1
       Faith, Hope and Charity – Options for reinstatement
A variety of options were researched and the following potential options for
reinstating the statues in the city have been chosen by the public;
Most voted for first choice location: Ness Bank Church
Land owned and insured by Highland Council. Statues could be placed on 4ft plinths
in the garden area to reduce risk of vandalism. Garden area could be re-designed to
suit the statues placing.




Most voted for second choice location: Castle Embankment (West facing)
Land owned and insured by Highland Council. Low risk of vandalism and statues
able to be viewed from a distance as originally desired. Sympathetic lighting could
be installed. Statues could be set into the bank on a concrete ledge.

				
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