WORK is continuing at a pace to transform the former Arbroath Herald building on Burnside Drive, writes Jennifer Newton
The former mill and home to the Arbroath Herald is being turned into 20 flats over three floors and all will be affordable rental properties suitable for mature tenants.
The £2.3 million project is being carried out by Muirfield Contracts on behalf of the Caledonian Housing Association and will take 60 weeks to complete.
In the past week interior walls on the ground floor of the building have been ripped out and one big open space has been created.
Foundations have also been laid for supporting steel work to be installed which will stretch right to the top of the building.
In addition, preparation has been made to demolish a single storey complex at the rear of the building, which in turn will create a larger car park.
To do this workmen have been removing the roof tiles from the small building before it is destroyed.
Once completed, the original facade, the roof and most of the structural floors will be retained.
There is one element of timber flooring at the seaward end of the building, and that will be replaced.
The main floors were designed to support the substantial weight of heavy mill machinery and are robust.
However, cast iron pillars which support the heavy structure will require to be protected from fire to meet modern building regulations.
One of the first changes made to the site was converting the former Cafe Rendezvous into a site office for Muirfield Construction.
And with over a year of the project still to go, many more changes will be made to the building.
The work is partially being funded by the Scottish Government with the rest coming from private borrowing.
The Arbroath Herald took over the Brothock Mill building in 1936, moving at that time from much smaller premises on Brothock Bridge.
The building was vacated by the newspaper in January, 2008, when they moved to 21 Market Place and had lain unused since that time.