Stirling Council update on Christie Clock

Stirling Council has today (5 Oct) agreed that the historic and much-loved Christie Clock should be rebuilt.

Christie Clock
Christie Clock

Specialist consultants will now identify and decide the most appropriate conservation and rebuild process for the structure, before a detailed cost plan and work programme is presented to Council for approval before the end of March 2024.

Planning permission and listed building consent will also be required for the reinstatement project.

The C-listed Christie Clock tower – constructed in 1905 as a memorial to former Provost George Christie – was pulled down on 1 September after attempts to remove the stonework and clock head for conservation unfortunately failed.

A review into the incident was immediately commissioned by the Chief Executive, which is ongoing. The outcomes of the review and any recommendations will be reported to a special meeting of the Council’s Audit Committee in November.

Progress the initial plans

Following today’s decision, Stirling Council Leader, Cllr Chris Kane said: “The demolition of such a well-known Stirling landmark was a distressing sight for us all and we share the public’s concern at how this happened.

“While we await the findings of the review into this upsetting incident, it’s important we have taken this decision to progress the initial plans to rebuild the Christie Clock, working with key partners such as Historic Environment Scotland. It’s the right thing to do. 

“This is going to be a complex and challenging project, involving a number of skilled and experienced specialists, but I can assure the people of Stirling that we are determined to rebuild the Christie Clock as soon as possible.”

Secure our internationally recognised heritage for the future

To ensure Stirling’s cultural assets like the Clock are protected and enhanced, a new heritage strategy for the Stirling area will be developed, taking into account the views of communities, residents and relevant partners and groups.

Cllr Kane said: “We are proud that Stirling boasts some of the most iconic attractions and landmarks, not just in Scotland but across the world, delivering a wide range of cultural, economic, social and environmental benefits to the area.

“This strategy will set out how the Council can work together with partners and communities to maximise these benefits and secure our internationally recognised heritage for the future.”

A report on the strategy will be brought forward to the next month’s meeting of the Finance, Economy and Corporate Support Committee.

More info and meeting recording:

The report on the Christie Clock can be viewed by downloading the agenda papers for the Council meeting.

To view a recording of the Council meeting, please head to our Broadcasting Platform.