Improved access for Graham Street businesses

Work starting on Airdrie building

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A new structure of scaffolding will be erected at 8 - 12 Graham Street in Airdrie later this month to improve access to the shops and for pedestrians.

We have been working with North Lanarkshire Properties LLP and structural engineers to identify a better solution to maintaining the safety of the building while construction works are completed.

On 15 and 16 November, the existing scaffolding will be removed and a new structure erected a few days later. This will reduce the obstruction for pedestrians walking in front of the building and improve visibility.

The scaffolding is required to allow remedial work to be carried out to the building, including replacing the roof. This is scheduled to begin early in the new year, for around nine months.

During the work, Christie the Baker and The Airdrie Card Shop are open for business as normal.

"A number of issues with this building have been identified and we have been liaising with, and providing practical support to, the tenants," said Councillor Ian McNeil, Chairman of North Lanarkshire Properties LLP.

"We appreciate the existing scaffolding is causing an obstruction so we have identified a solution that will improve access for pedestrians. Building work is then due to start early in the new year to carry out the repairs necessary for the long-term future of the building.

"In the meantime, it's business as usual for the shops - Christie and Baker and The Airdrie Card Shop - so I would encourage shoppers to support these local businesses during the work."

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