Wednesday, 3 April 2024

14.00-15.00 BST – Zoom Webinar  (Register via Eventbrite here)

The Netherdale Stand, Gala Fairydean Rovers – an innovative approach to the repair of a Brutalist classic

Steve will give an overview of the recently-completed refurbishment of Peter Womersley’s Netherdale Stand in Galashiels. The presentation will focus on the approach to concrete repair that adopted bespoke concrete mortars and achieved through innovative casting techniques the replication of the original surface textures.


The building (brand new)


The structure The concrete The repair

Steve Wood

Steve Wood is a Chartered Structural Engineer of over twenty-five years’ experience. Most of his working life has been involved with the existing and historic built environment. He has been the Technical Director – Conservation at Narro Associates since 2007.

Steve has a special interest in the conservation, adaptation, and re-use of existing buildings. His experience and wider interests have given him a thorough knowledge of historic and modern building forms and techniques. His work includes complex structural appraisals of buildings as diverse as St Paul’s Cathedral and The Netherdale Stand at Gala Fairydean Rovers, Galashiels. Major refurbishments Steve has been responsible for include St Cecilia’s Music Hall in Edinburgh, The Picture House in Campbeltown and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum in the Stirling Castle complex.

Steve is a former Lethaby Scholar (2005) of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). Steve is an ICE Conservation Accredited Engineer and sits on their governing panel. Steve is also Trustee for The Unicorn Preservation Society body which seeks to preserve the world’s largest, most-original wooden ship still afloat today and the world’s oldest surviving music hall.