Council make active moves to save important Island heritage

Repair works to secure the long-term future of the Cowes Hammerhead Crane are to begin in the new year after funding was received from English Heritage. Well done to all involved in moving this forward.

Cowes Hammerhead Crane:

This in from the council, in their own words. Ed

The Cowes Hammerhead Crane is on English Heritage’s ‘at risk’ register and the organisation has put forward £76,000 to cover the costs of repairs to the famous structure.

The council has appointed a specialist firm to carry out the works, which are due to begin in March 2015.

The works will mainly see the corroded sections of steel from the crane’s tower replaced, with all new steel receiving a coat of paint.

Urgent Works Notice served
Councillor Paul Fuller, Executive member for planning, said:

“In August the council served an urgent works notice on the owner of the crane.

“With the urgency of the need to carry out repairs, English Heritage put forward the cost of the works, which will begin on 2 March. In the interim discussions are still ongoing with the Harrison Trust, who are the owners of the site, as to the part they will play in the restoration and long term future of the crane.

“There is no doubt the Cowes Hammerhead Crane is a very iconic landmark on the Island and it is important our heritage is preserved for many years to come.

“I want to thank English Heritage for its decision to cover the cost of the initial repairs. The council is not in a position to fund these types of works itself and I am sure residents and visitors alike are very grateful to English Heritage for enabling these works to begin in the new year.”

Clare Charlesworth, heritage at risk principal advisor for English Heritage, said:

“Our grant towards the repair of the Hammerhead Crane means this nationally important piece of industrial heritage is one step closer to coming off the at risk register.”

Once they are underway, the works are expected to take around 16 weeks to complete.

Image: Simon Haytack under CC BY 2.0

Tuesday, 23rd December, 2014 9:35am



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Man in Black

This icon must be preserved. I’m very glad to hear actions will be taken to save it from further decay.


Good news. Are English Heritage aware of the Gaiety? A similar argument could be made to remove it from the ‘at risk register’

Steve Goodman
Thank you to all responsible for this good news on the Island’s heritage front. There’s also some good news from the opposite side of the Medina at another of our very iconic heritage landmarks worthy of preservation, & use, for many years to come; Richard Manser from SafeSiteIOW has just received some money from the owners of the former Frank James Memorial Hospital for his work to… Read more »