The Rosslyn Chapel, made famous as a prominent setting in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code, has for much of its history been in a state of disrepair. After various attempts to restore the chapel to its original glory, the Rosslyn Chapel Trust was formed to care for the chapel and oversee its restoration.

The 15th-century chapel is currently undergoing the most extensive revamp in its history. The £9 million restoration project will result in the protective canopy and scaffolding that has covered the chapel for the past 10 years being removed, and will thereby bring to an end the chapel’s ‘building-site’ look. The works also involve the construction of a state-of-the-art visitor facility, to accommodate the huge increase in visitor numbers that has been seen in the past few years. The works at the chapel are now well under way, and a temporary visitors centre has been erected since the chapel will remain open to its many visitors during the refurbishment.

This project is of major importance to our client not only because it is preserving the chapel for future generations, but because the extended visitor facilities will enable it to accommodate a greater number of visitors, thereby generating additional income.

Around 50% of the funding for the project was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland for which Lindsays negotiated the legal agreements.

We were also involved in advising the client in connection with:

  • Acquisition of additional land for new car park
  • Legal aspects of funding including securities and certificates of title
  • Contracts with professional advisers and contractor in connection with the refurbishment works

We have a long history of advising heritage charity clients on projects of this type. When we do so, we are able to draw upon specialisms from various departments in order to fully advise clients.