BEFS Bulletin – Environment & Landscape
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The Scottish Government has confirmed today that Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions target will be net-zero by 2045. This coincides with the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s report on the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming. What can the built environment sector do to support this and are current strategies (and Bills) sufficiently tailored to meet the target?
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) are asking for your views on their draft Climate Change and Environmental Action Plan (CCEAP) 2019-24. This document sets out how HES aim to address the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change to the organisation and to the wider historic environment. It also outlines how they will continue to support Scottish Government to meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets.
Scotland’s Landscape Alliance was formally launched last week by the Landscape Institute Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland. The Alliance is a great opportunity for a range of organisations to collaborate to maximise the public benefits from Scotland’s landscape and places whether economic, social, cultural or environmental. BEFS welcomes the initiative and will be participating in a number of the alliance’s working groups, including on landscape for healthy communities and landscape, land use and economy.
Given that there are over 17,000 volunteers in the built environment sector, the Scottish Government’s newly published national outcomes framework for volunteering may be of interest.
Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum will be delivering a Traditional Building Skills and Materials Event on 13 and 14 May in the quadrangle outside Edinburgh City Chambers, which members of the public are welcome to attend. The Forum are delivering a Homeowners Property Repair Event on 13 May to help identify and undertake repairs to your homes. They will also be holding a Traditional Building Skills Demonstration at the Scottish Parliament on 28 and 29 May and again at the Royal Highland Show in June. Don’t miss the opportunity to try your hand at some traditional building practices!
The full programme for the Architecture Fringe 2019 launches tomorrow (Friday 3 May). With almost 100 projects, events, exhibitions, talks, lectures and a summer school taking place across Scotland, this fourth edition of the #ArchiFringe will be the biggest yet.
The Arts Council have published a new toolkit for making the case for art and culture. You can also find our advocacy toolkit for the built environment here, alongside a fundraising toolkit and a range of historic environment best practice case studies from across Scotland.
In our blog this week, Jeff Saunders, Dig It Project Manager with Society of Antiquaries, tells us about the process of bringing Archaeology and Minecraft together, following their recent inspiring Edinburgh Science Festival event.
Former BEFS Chair, Graeme Purves, has published a think piece on Strategic Development in Scotland with the UK2070 Commission, which are currently working on a framework to address spatial inequalities across the United Kingdom. Read more about it here.
Finally, check out the fantastic number of events taking place this month below or in our calendar.
Consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance in Scotland
Closes 11 May 2019.
Climate Change and Environmental Action Plan 2019-24
This HES consultation will close at 12pm on Wednesday 19 June.
Strengthening Fire Safety for High Rise Domestic Buildings
Opened 24 Apr 2019 and closes 17 Jul 2019.
Short-Term Lets: Consultation
Opened 28 Apr 2019 and closes 19 Jul 2019.
Easy access to listed buildings in Wales
Opened 25 April 2019 and closes 19 July 2019.
Scottish Government News Releases
Climate Change action (SG 02/05/19)
Scotland will stop contributing to climate change within a generation under new, tougher climate change proposals.
Help for affordable homes (SG 30/04/19)
An additional £80 million over the next two years will help councils deliver affordable homes across Scotland.
More homes for rent (SG 29/04/19)
People renting will have more choice in where they live and greater security over their home through a £30 million investment from the Building Scotland Fund.
Building a fairer housing market (SG 28/04/19)
Ensuring the housing market is fairer and delivers more people the homes they want is at the heart of a package announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today.
Volunteering for al (SG 25/04/19)
The Volunteering Outcomes Framework aims to reduce barriers to volunteering for people from all sections of the community, regardless of their background.
Decrease in derelict and urban vacant land (SG 24/04/19)
The total amount of derelict and urban vacant land in Scotland has decreased by 716 hectares (6%) in the latest year, from 11,753 hectares in 2017 to 11,037 hectares in 2018.
Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions ‘to be net-zero by 2045’ (BBC 02/05/19)
The Scottish government will legislate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045 after receiving fresh advice from an expert panel.
Extra £80m funding to help councils deliver affordable homes (SHN 30/04/19)
The Scottish Government has made an additional £80 million available over the next two years to help councils deliver affordable homes.
Abbeys, alleys and augmented realities; Scotland’s urban past comes to life (HES 29/04/19)
Celebrating five years of community heritage projects, Past Forward – Stories of Urban Scotland takes you on a journey around the nation, discovering some of the best kept secrets in our towns and cities, as well as some familiar sites seen through fresh eyes.
Scottish housing project triumphs at national planning awards (SHN 25/04/19)
A housing-led regeneration of one of the largest brownfield sites in Scotland is among three Scottish planning projects to have won at the prestigious national awards ceremony of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
Dundee V&A short listed for Museum of the Year (Herald 25/04/19)
Dundee’s new V&A museum is in the running for the title of Museum of the Year.
Orkney hosts international workshop on climate change threat to World Heritage sites (HES 24/04/19)
A major international workshop is taking place on Orkney to set a benchmark for understanding the impact of climate change on World Heritage sites.
MSPs urged to drop Planning Bill’s extra duties (RTPI Scotland 23/04/19)
RTPI Scotland is warning MSPs that the Planning (Scotland) Bill may be unworkable as it stands, ahead of the Bill’s stage 3 debate, given the number of unfunded additional duties it currently contains.
Architecture Fringe set to take over The Lighthouse with 2019 programme (SCN 23/04/19)
The production team of the Architecture Fringe will take over The Lighthouse in central Glasgow for the whole of June as part of its 2019 programme.
Study aims to stamp out fire risk to historic buildings (SCN 23/04/19)
A fire-safety expert is to lead the first comprehensive study into the risk historic buildings face from fire with the hope of saving more of Scotland’s heritage from being lost.
Joint drive to tackle heritage crime in Scotland (HES 18/04/19)
New group launched to combat heritage crimes in Scotland.
Conservation news (SGLH 18/04/19)
the early months of the New Year have seen the culmination of several long-running conservation cases for Scotland’s Garden and Landscape Heritage.
Robbed of Our History: Heritage Crime (HES 18/04/19)
We are fascinated with historic wrong-doings – but modern crimes committed against heritage aren’t making it into the history books. From Stirling to Scapa Flow, we uncover recent examples of heritage crime in Scotland.
Businesses Benefit from Listed Buildings (HE 2/04/19)
Business owners and operators based in listed buildings say they benefit from their historic premises.
Opinion & Comment
Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an “R”.
Question S5W-22769: Michelle Ballantyne, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24/04/2019
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that construction companies adhere to the established mortar standards in all new-builds.
Question S5W-22782: Richard Lyle, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/04/2019
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to support house building and associated infrastructure.
Question S5W-22783: Richard Lyle, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/04/2019
To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) affordable homes and (b) homes for social rent have been completed in each local authority area in each year since 2007, also broken down by how many have been (i) future-proofed to meet the needs of older people and an ageing population and (ii) adapted or built specifically to meet the accessibility requirements of disabled people, including wheelchair users.
Question S5W-22785: Richard Lyle, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/04/2019
To ask the Scottish Government how many hectares of brownfield land are available for house building, and how this equates to the capacity for building new homes.
Question S5W-22786: Richard Lyle, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/04/2019
To ask the Scottish Government how much surplus land is owned by (a) central and (b) local government, and how this equates to the capacity for building new homes.
Question S5W-22788: Richard Lyle, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/04/2019
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to make (a) public and (b) private land available for house building in areas where there is a housing shortage but where market conditions act against this.
For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.
Conservation 101 webinar
Date & time: Friday 3 May 2019, 9.30am – 12.15pm
Sign up to our free webinar, Conservation 101.
Hear from Historic Environment Scotland experts as they take you through the building blocks of conservation. Learn about the ethics and philosophy of building conservation, decay mechanisms and buildings defects, and the listing process. These sessions are run in conjunction with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This event is free. Booking is essential.
Tour of National Wallace Monument, Stirling
Date & time: Wednesday, 08 May 2019 at 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Venue: National Wallace Monument Visitor Centre, Abbey Craig, Hillfoots Road, Stirling FK9 5LF
The Monument has recently had extensive external refurbishment and internal transformation for its reopening this spring. New interactive exhibitions on William Wallace, the Wars of Independence and in the Hall of Heroes provide a draw for visitors. This tour includes a briefing on the history and development of the monument and its surrounding site, discussing the challenges of managing a listed building as a popular tourist attraction, and a visit to, and climb of, the monument itself to view the new exhibitions. Assemble in the Visitor Reception Centre at the car park where refreshments will be available from 6pm.
Women in Scottish Archaeology | Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Date & time: Thu, 9 May 2019, 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: Central Library, 7-9 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG.
Did you know that just 18% of biographies on English Wikipedia are about women? We’re here to change that! Dig It! and Edinburgh Central Library in collaboration with Wikimedia UK are calling on YOU to add to and improve the world’s collective knowledge about women in Scottish archaeology. Spend the day learning how to become an editor of the world’s largest online encyclopedia and get to grips with a variety of amazing resources from Edinburgh Central Library. Learn about the lives and work of the women we’ve identified, or bring along your own knowledge about the women who have inspired you. You will actively help to build a global audience for Scotland’s rich culture and heritage, and bring forgotten stories to light.
People Powered Planning: Putting Communities on the Front Foot
Date & times: Saturday 11th May 2019 10 – 4.30pm
Venue: Trades Hall, Central Glasgow G1 1UH.
We know there are many people in Scotland who feel baffled, alienated and disenfranchised by the planning system. Others have gained some understanding, learnt to navigate and decode the systems and others have taken ownership and grabbed what opportunities there are to shape their local environments and fulfill community aspirations. We hope that this conference will link people up, provide some information about where to go for help and give some handy tips on how to successfully engage in planning. Importantly we also hope the conference will help to create a sense of a movement of people who are willing to campaign for change to make the planning system more responsive to people who want the best for their local areas.
Edinburgh Traditional Building Skills – Homeowners Property Repair Event Event
Date & time: May 13, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Venue: Edinburgh City Chambers, 253 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ.
Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum will deliver a homeowners’ event on 13 May to help them identify and undertake repairs to their homes. The event will also highlight how to keep your home in a good state of repair with timely repairs which will ultimately save homeowners money if done correctly. Keeping your home in a good state of repair is the first step to making a home energy efficient. There will be experts from across the industry and public bodies giving homeowners impartial advice on how to start repairs and correct maintenance of their building. There will also be expert advice on overcoming issues of shared repairs and how City of Edinburgh Council can help homeowners experiencing these issues.
Edinburgh Traditional Building Skills Demonstration
Date & time: 13th – 14th May, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Quadrangle outside Edinburgh City Chambers
Those attending will be very welcome discuss the route into the industry for local apprentices at Edinburgh College who will be giving mini-masterclasses to local school pupils. We will have four trades being demonstrated by apprentices are working with Developing the Young Workforce, Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian Regional Group, to bring school children to try the skills on display. This event is part of larger Construction Scotland’s Inspiring Construction programme where we promote the vast array of careers available in the construction industry to school pupils to help them make their career choices.
wHY Landscape – Mark Thomann on Ross Pavilion & Recent Works
Date & time: 14th May 2019 at 6.30pm
Venue: Custom Lane, Leith
wHY is an interdisciplinary design practice dedicated to serving the arts, communities, culture and the environment. wHY are the lead for the team that won the competition to redevelop the Ross Pavilion in West Princes St Gardens, Edinburgh known as the Quaich Project. The project aims to bring people together, generating new connections both locally and internationally. Mark Thomann (landscape director at wHY) will present an intimate look at wHY’s Ross Pavilion & Gardens, the firm’s first project in Europe. Mark will also touch upon other recent works by the firm, and lessons learned from a career in landscape design. For more info about the Talks at the Lane.
Play, Social Justice and Urban Space – Perspectives from India and Scotland
Date & time: Sat, 18 May 2019, 09:30.
Venue: Bellfield, 16B Bellfield Street, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 2BP.
Play, Social Justice and Urban Space is an exciting international event exploring children’s use of space. How do children navigate their local environments? How do they claim space, making child-friendly environments in contested urban space? What role do adults have? The programme includes a rich mix of speakers from Scotland and India, music, art and dialogue. Light refreshments.
Glasgow’s Atlantic World: Tobacco, Sugar and Slavery
Date & time: Wed May 22nd, 6pm
Venue: 54 Bell Street, Glasgow
Glasgow’s historic transatlantic trade routes and history are present not only in the streets of Glasgow but also in the people, places and heritage of the Caribbean islands and the Americas up to today. Dr Stephen Mullen will explore the history of Glasgow’s links to the Americas and the Caribbean, before Councillor Graham Campbell tells us more in detail about Glasgow’s links to Jamaica, and why Jamaica is the Caribbean’s most Scottish island. £6
Archaeological Research in Progress day conference
Date & time: Saturday 25 May 2019 (9am – 5pm)
Venue: Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ
The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is managing the event this year (with our partners Archaeology Scotland) and the conference programme includes exciting new research findings and best practice in archaeology covering all periods from across Scotland and beyond. Event sponsored by Historic Environment Scotland, Forestry & Land Scotland, AOC Archaeology Group, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, Guard Archaeology, Wessex Archaeology, LUC and SUERC.
Traditional Building Skills Demonstration at the Scottish Parliament
Date & time: MAY 28 AT 10:00 AM – MAY 29 AT 3:00 PM
Location: Scottish Parliament
Scottish Traditional Building Forum will be delivering a Traditional Building Skills and Materials Event on 28 and 29 May outside the Scottish Parliament which members of the public are welcome to attend. Working with various Developing Young Workforce teams, we have organised for school pupils from Glasgow, Falkirk, Fife and Edinburgh will receive a mini-masterclass in roof slating, stonemasonry, plastering and painting & decorating. The demonstrations will be delivered by Dundee & Angus College, Edinburgh College, City of Glasgow College and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors.
Heads of Planning Scotland Conference
Dates: Thursday the 6th and Friday the 7th of June.
Venue: South Hall Complex, Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AR
The Heads of Planning Scotland (HOPS) Conference will be held this year at the University of Edinburgh, Pollock Halls on Thursday the 6th and Friday the 7th of June. This year the theme of the Conference is Collaboration in Planning.
Talks at the Lane present IF_DO on Architecture as a Social Art
Date & time: 14th June 2019 at 6.30pm
Venue: Custom Lane, Leith
Founded in 2014 by Thomas Bryans, Sarah Castle & Al Scott the practice has an interest in the wider repercussions of architecture which provides a catalyst towards creating sustainable and healthy environments in which to live, learn, work and play.
Thomas and his fellow founding Directors all studied at University of Edinburgh and this Talk at the Lane is also part of the Architecture Fringe 2019 programme of events. Thomas will be discussing their ongoing community projects, research and teaching on how design can promote social spaces as a means of addressing social isolation. For more info about the Talks at the Lane.
Monuments in Monuments 2019
Date & times: Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 September 2019, 10am – 4pm
Venue: The Engine Shed
Full ticket: £300. Day tickets: £120
This conference explores the conservation challenges facing carved stones and objects inside historic buildings. Hear from specialists from all over the world about how traditional skills, emerging technology and conservation science are helping to overcome these challenges. Full conference or individual day tickets are available. Student rates are available.
CPD: Damp in Traditional Buildings
Date & time: Wed May 8th, 12:30-1:30pm
Venue: 54 Bell St., Glasgow
When buildings become damp, either from external water ingress or from internal humidity and condensation, their materials decay faster and their occupants can be exposed to health hazards. Georgina Allison, conservation architect and lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, will remind us how traditional buildings are designed to deal with damp, and what conservation issues and solutions damp buildings may present. All GCHT CPD sessions are recognised by the IHBC, and attendees can obtain a CPD certificate upon completion. £10 per person /£5 for students, including light lunch.
Heritage Trust Network Scotland, Members’ Skills Training Event
Date & times: Monday 20th May, 10am to 4pm
Venue: The Engine Shed, Stirling
HTN are pleased to confirm that we have two highly regarded speakers lined up for our focussed training day including Moses Jenkins, who will talk on Energy Efficiency and Adaptation and Colin Tennant who will speak on Project Management. Both topics will no doubt feature in your current or upcoming heritage project, so we strongly recommend attending! The event will take place at Scotland’s Centre for Conservation, The Engine Shed in Stirling and we are grateful to be hosted by Historic Environment Scotland for the day. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Book your places now! Please email Sarah on firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.
Repair and Maintenance of Masonry Arch Bridges
Date & time: 24 May 2019, 09.30 – 16.30.
Venue: Charlestown Workshops, Fife.
Cost: £190 + vat …… Remember if you are a BLF, IHBC, RICS or RIAS member you are eligible for 20% discount on this seminar. Please just give us a call with your member number.
This one day masterclass looks at all aspects of masonry arch bridge construction and the materials utilized to determine the most appropriate repair schemes. It is suitable for building professionals, contractors, engineers and others involved in heritage work.
Conservation Summer School 2019
Dates: Monday 2 – Friday 7 June 2019
Venue: The Engine Shed, Stirling
Week ticket: £450. Day tickets: £100
Registration for our Conservation Summer School is now open. Learn about the latest techniques from top conservation experts, get hands-on with traditional skills and materials, and see conservation in action on site visits. We have flexible registration options, whether you want to book the full 5-day course, or individual days which are more relevant to your needs. Applications for student bursaries are open until Friday 10 May. Week and day tickets are also available.
Traditional Roofing Practical Workshop
Date & time: Monday, June 3rd, 6pm
Venue: Cathedral Square, Glasgow
Repairing and maintaining traditional roofs are key aspects of conserving the built environment. Join us for an early-evening practical session at Glasgow Cathedral, getting hands-on with the materials and techniques of slate and lead roofing. This event is aimed at professionals who would like to increase their technical skill and understanding, although enthusiasts are also very welcome.
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CPD: Conserving Interwar Shopfronts
Date & time: Wed June 5th, 12:30-1:30pm
Venue: 54 Bell Street, Glasgow.
The shopfronts and signs of the 1920s and 30s are characterised by materials such as Vitrolite, bronze, faience, and terracotta, which present their own considerations and challenges as they age. Dr. Lindsay Lennie, one of Scotland’s foremost authorities on historic shopfronts, gives a specialised talk on the materials and methods of this brief but significant time period, and discusses conservation solutions to conserving interwar shopfronts. All GCHT CPD sessions are recognised by the IHBC, and attendees can obtain a CPD certificate upon completion. £15 per person, £10 students, including a light lunch.
Reinforced Concrete Masterclass – New for Summer 2019!
Date & time: 28 June 2019, 09.30 – 16.00
Venue: Charlestown Workshops, Fife
Cost: £190 + vat …… Remember if you are a BLF, IHBC, RICS or RIAS member you are eligible for 20% discount on this seminar.
Come and join us to explore the fascinating world of reinforced concrete (yes, really really!) – learn what can be achieved with it, its constituents, its decay mechanisms and how it can be successfully repaired with a variety of methods and materials. Not all reinforced concrete buildings are carbuncles …CONCRETE can be COUTHIE! If we are listing more and more buildings and structures from the 20th Century, many of which will be of reinforced concrete construction, then we need to know how to fix them and prolong their lives. We have a huge variety of structures and buildings of reinforced concrete construction across the country. Research and analysis of these buildings has helped inform their appropriate repair, but there are many challenges ahead. Join us and learn from our gathered experts in this field for what should be a very informative and enjoyable day.
Building Craft Programme Coordinator
24k-26k, The Prince’s Foundation, Dumfries House, East Ayrshire
The Prince’s Foundation are on the lookout for a Programme Coordinator to manage and assist with their building craft training programmes. This role will support the next generation of master craftspeople, and ensure that the valuable skills required to conserve our historic built environment are kept alive. Download the Job Description here. Find out more here.
Deadline 20th May, 12.00pm
Vacancies at A&DS
Architecture and Design Scotland is looking for 4 people to join our team. If you would like to help deliver good architecture and successful places, collaborate with others and promote the value of good design, then we’d love to hear from you.
• Principal Design Officer (B3)
• Senior Design Officers (B2)
• Design Officers (B1)
Closing date: Midnight Monday 6 May 2019.
Development & Membership Manager
Are you passionate about the Heritage Sector? Do you want to work at the heart of heritage, shaping the future of The Heritage Alliance? The Heritage Alliance is the heritage sector’s umbrella organisation and advocacy body and we are seeking an outstanding person to take up the key role of Development and Membership Manager. The successful candidate will join the Alliance’s small, busy team based in offices in Southwark, just behind the Tate Modern.
The closing date for applications is 5th May 2019 with interviews expected a week later.
Appointment of Chair of Trustees
Edinburgh World Heritage is seeking an individual with drive and enthusiasm to replace Dr Brian Lang CBE, FRSE, in chairing its energetic and professional Board of Trustees, working with them and the Director to take the organisation forward during a time of change.
Closing date: by 5pm on Monday 27th May 2019.