September Weekend Balustrades

As the weekend comes to a close, I was reminded of last year’s September Weekend getaway with the family with these photos showing up on my timeline again.

We took a trip to Oban, Mull of Kintyre and Iona. Seeing Iona Abbey and in particular Reilig Odhràin was a short-term goal of mine. Even in Oban though, my thoughts switched to my accident when I looked up at the Argyll Mansions and saw chairs outside the door on the balcony and began to wonder if they are ever used.

As a safety speaker, talking to audiences about my fall from height experience, I am always keen to question the structural integrity of balcony balustrades. How old and structurally sound the decorative wrought iron balustrade is in terms of its duel use as an edge protection and original sign?

It was built between 1905 and 1907, so at least 113 years old. The Architect was William Leiper who did other wonderful buildings like the Templeton Carpet Factory and a stunning house in Kilmacolm.