BEFS Bulletin – Planning Bill Update

All the Latest News, Consultations, Events And Job Vacancies From The Heritage And Built Environment Sector


Planning Bill update
Yesterday morning (20 March) the Scottish Government Chief Planner, John McNairney, spoke at the Scottish Young Planners’ Conference 2019 – the Finance Memorandum for the amended Planning (Scotland) Bill has now been launched and we are told to expect Stage 3 before the Parliamentary summer recess. BEFS will continue to report, brief and update Members as information becomes available. All previous information can be found on BEFS Planning page

In this month’s blog, Ailsa Macfarlane considers some of the issues raised by the speakers at the ‘Scotland at a Crossroads Heritage Past and Futures’ Symposium.

BEFS regularly meets with the Greenspace Scotland Young Placechangers team, and the other members of the Ideas Fund advisory board. A recent update showed that professionals from across place-related organisations have been signing-up to be part of the Skills Bank – if you could give your time (flexible opportunities) have a look at the Skills Bank page below

This is your last chance (survey closes 22 March) to give us your views on the Principles of Prioritisation – full information and survey details can be found here

BEFS is delighted to be sponsoring the forthcoming Archives Matter: Heritage, Memory and Identity event in Stirling on Wednesday 17 April. This is the second in a series of events organised by the Scottish Council on Archives to promote greater awareness of the importance and usefulness of archives to many different sectors including education; healthcare; architecture; cultural heritage, both local and national; archaeology, academia; and genealogical research.   The conference will feature presentations from academics, historians, archivists, architects and representatives of community archive groups.


Infrastructure Commission Call for Evidence 
Written submissions are requested concerning drivers for inclusive growth & low carbon economy; the appropriateness of current infrastructure; and infrastructure assessment & prioritisation
Deadline for submission of evidence: Friday 3 May 2019


Town Centre Living: A Caring Place (ADS/STP 20/03/19)

Co-housing: Future Homes for Older Scots (Vivarium Trust 19/03/19)

Rethinking Smart Futures: Focused on people, enabled by transport, powered by technology (PwC 12/03/19)

The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building: The loss of a national treasure (SP 08/03/19)

Scottish Government News Releases

Investigation into the Issues Associated with Large Scale and Concentrated Land Ownership in Scotland (LC 20/03/19)
The Scottish Land Commission has published a report on large scale land ownership in Scotland. The report found that concentrated land ownership is having significant effects on communities across rural Scotland. The authors recommended introducing a public interest test for large land transfers and a Statutory Land Rights & Responsibilities Review. The group also suggested promoting more diverse forms of private ownership to help achieve land reform objectives and increasing local engagement in land usage.

Planning and Environmental Appeals Stakeholder Forum meeting: July 2018 (SG 19/03/19)
Note of meeting of Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) and stakeholders on 18 July 2018.

Funding for cross border growth deal (SG 13/03/19)
The Scottish Government is prepared to invest up to £85 million over ten years to drive inclusive growth across the region. It will fund economic development activity across a range of themes, including digital connectivity, tourism, regeneration and skills.

City centre investment for Glasgow (SG 11/03/19)
The Scottish Partnership for Regeneration in Urban Centres Fund is committing £12 million from the Building Scotland Fund for renovation of the Cerium Building.

Tourism Tax (SG 07/03/19)
Messages from the national discussion
Evidence from the national discussion

News Releases

SURF – Scotland’s Regeneration Forum has successfully launched a new Heritage & Creative Alliance (SURF 19/03/19)
The main aim is to enhance practical cooperation between Scotland’s leading funders and policy influencers. Representatives from 11 national heritage and creative agencies met in SURF’s Govan office last week. They agreed that closer joint working on shared interests, expertise and resources could be a productive catalyst for more successful, inclusive and sustainable community regeneration. SURF’s Heritage & Creative Alliance will collaboratively link national agencies’ policies and resources to the place-based priorities, assets and partnerships in SURF’s five Alliance for Action programme sites

BRE leads policy-makers and experts’ debate on building a better Scotland (SHN 12/03/19)
Twenty-one of Scotland’s senior policy-shapers and key building experts, academics, and commentators were welcomed to a roundtable in Edinburgh earlier this year to debate: “What Kind of a Britain are we Building: Scotland?”

Scottish Natural Heritage short film competition: Why invest in nature? (SLI 11/03/19)
A short film contest for young people aged 16-30 about why businesses should invest in nature, to provide businesses and policymakers with a better understanding of how they rely on and have an impact on nature and ensure that Scotland’s environment can thrive. Built Environment Category sponsored by Robertson Group.

CPD boost from Designing Buildings Wiki: Brush up on the evaluation of building performance IHBC (08/03/19)
A building’s performance (or efficiency) is a measure of how well it functions in relation to designated criteria such as physical, social or environmental considerations. DBW features guidance on how a building’s physical efficiency can be evaluated, and how to measure whether the resources necessary to design and construct a building have been used effectively.

Committee calls for public inquiry into Glasgow School of Art fires (SP 08/03/19)
The circumstances surrounding the two fires at the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building should be the subject of a public inquiry with judicial powers, following an inquiry into the issue by MSPs on the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee.

Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2019 (ECTN 08/03/19)
The 2019 edition of the Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards is now open for applications. The theme of this year’s edition is “Culture and Heritage for Responsible, Innovative and Sustainable Tourism” and seeks to contribute to the legacy of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, including the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage.
Deadline for applications: 1 July 2019

More school trips are needed to inspire a passion for heritage (Ecclesiastical 07/03/19)
Research finds millions of young people never visit museums, galleries or theatres.

Scottish visitor attractions record an increase in visitor numbers for the fifth year in a row
(ASVA 05/03/19)
The two top sites, The National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle, each attracted more than 2 million visits, only the second time that a visitor attraction in Scotland has surpassed the 2m milestone.

Opinion & Comment

Blog-Scotland Build: Adding Value Through Good Design (ADS 20/03/19)

All aboard for trams to Newhaven as project gets the green light (CEC 14/03/19)

The biggest risks are the ones we never talk about (DM 13/03/19)

International Perspectives Pose Questions for Scottish Land Reform (LC 13/03/19)

Planning Bill ‘dangerously close’ to failure, claim independent panel members (SCN 12/03/19)

We must fix Planning Bill: SPF Chairman (SPF 06/03/19)

Where are you on your planning journey? Can you help someone else who is on theirs? (PD 04/03/19)

How can planning better support thriving rural communities? (NWP 21/02/19)

Parliamentary Questions

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 S5O-03041: Monica Lennon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/03/2019 R
To ask the Scottish Government when it last carried out an assessment of capacity in planning authorities.
Current Status: Due in the Chamber on 21/03/2019

Parliamentary Questions & Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

Question S5O-03012: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 13/03/2019
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact of a tourist tax on the tourism sector in Edinburgh and Lothian.
Taken in the Chamber on 20/03/2019

Question S5O-03001: Annabelle Ewing, Cowdenbeath, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/03/2019
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the operation of the town centre fund.
Taken in the Chamber on 14/03/2019

Question S5W-21930: Finlay Carson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 05/03/2019
To ask the Scottish Government what statutory protection is available to home owners to protect them from excessive charges for repairs by (a) registered social landlords and (b) factors.
Answered by Kevin Stewart 14/03/19

Question S5F-03121: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/03/2019
To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the UK Government’s Stronger Towns Fund.
Taken in the Chamber on 07/03/2019

Other Parliamentary Activity

Planning Scotland Bill
The Delegated Powers & Law Reform Committee published a series of suggestions and questions on the delegated powers aspects of the Planning (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

Motion S5M-16015: Andy Wightman, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 26/02/2019
Who Owns Scotland? 

That the Parliament believes that a modern, democratic society requires open and transparent information on the ownership, use and value of land; commends the report published by Community Land Scotland (Towards Land Ownership Transparency); notes the ambition to create a Scottish Land Information System (SCOTLIS) to provide comprehensive information about land and property; understands that the target to register all land owned by Scotland’s public bodies by 2019 is unlikely to be achieved; regrets that it remains difficult, time-consuming and expensive for citizens in Lothian and across Scotland to obtain land information, and notes the view that information about the ownership, use and value of land should be made freely available to the people of Scotland.
Supported by: Ross Greer, John Finnie, Alison Johnstone, Lewis Macdonald, Mark McDonald, Mark Ruskell, Alex Rowley, Colin Smyth, Jackie Baillie, David Torrance, Patrick Harvie, Monica Lennon, Neil Findlay, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Mike Rumbles, Gail Ross, Angela Constance
Taken in the Chamber on 12/03/2019

Motion S5M-16004: Stuart McMillan, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/02/2019
Scottish Tourism Month 2019

That the Parliament recognises that March is Scottish Tourism Month, which is coordinated by the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA); understands that the aim of this is to engage, connect and inspire all of Scotland’s tourism businesses and organisations, as well as celebrate the enormous contribution that tourism makes to the economy; believes that the industry will come together to host a variety of sectoral, destination and business events under the mantra, Tourism is Everyone’s Business; understands that the month offers an opportunity for anyone and everyone to get involved in the networking events and tourism conversations all over the country, including Scotland’s Marine Tourism Conference, which takes place at the Beacon Arts Centre in the Greenock and Inverclyde constituency on 6 March; considers Inverclyde to be the country’s marine tourism capital; notes the calls for everyone to engage with the month, and hopes that the annual conference of the STA on 13-14 March is a success in bringing stakeholders together and proves to be impactful and inspiring.
Supported by: Miles Briggs, Claire Baker, Alison Harris, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, John Mason, Kenneth Gibson, Stewart Stevenson, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Gillian Martin, Jackie Baillie, Sandra White, Ruth Maguire, Fulton MacGregor, Alexander Burnett, Jenny Gilruth, David Torrance, Clare Adamson, Gail Ross, Angela Constance, Maureen Watt, Emma Harper
Taken in the Chamber on 19/03/2019


For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

AF2019 March Meet-up – Edinburgh
Date & time: Saturday 30 March; 10:15 (10:30 start) – 13:00
Venue: Custom Lane, 1 Customs Wharf, Leith EH6 6AL
Join us for the March meet-up! These free-to-attend  monthly meet-ups  are very laid back and are open to anyone considering  taking part in or  contributing to the Architecture Fringe 2019 Open Programme. The Open  Programme is a non-curated platform for  self-directed projects,  exhibitions, events and happenings. The meet-ups  are an opportunity for  you to hear more about the Architecture Fringe  itself, to share your  project thoughts and ideas, get feedback and meet  new people. The  meet-ups are analogue so just bring ideas or images to  stick up on the  wall. Open to all, free to attend. A lovely way to spend  a Saturday  morning!

Conservation of the Scots’ Cemetery, Kolkata: Beyond the Tangible
Date & time: Thursday 4 April; 18:00
Venue: Adam House, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1HT
The Scottish Cemetery, Kolkata was laid out in 1820 by the St. Andrew’s Church for the Scots, Presbyterians, and other protestant denominations. It fell into disuse after the independence of India and by 1950 was abandoned and slowly became derelict. In 2008, Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust, a Scottish Charity, took up the responsibility of restoring the Scottish Cemetery to its former glory.  Dr Neeta Das will speak about her experiences of conserving such a rich selection of monuments.  Neeta has long been an enthusiastic follower of SPAB Principles, and we are very pleased to welcome her to Scotland on this occasion.

Victorian Edinburgh: Powerhouse of the Empire? World Heritage Day lecture with Professor Sir Tom Devine
Date & time: Thursday 18 April; 18:00-19:00
Venue: The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 11 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ
Scotland’s pre-eminent historian will deliver this year’s World Heritage Day lecture. Sir Tom will explore the extraordinary success of late Victorian Edinburgh – as banking house to the British Empire, as patron of the arts and architecture, and as a city of considerable luxury and opulence.

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award Presentation & LIS AGM
Date & time: Wednesday 24 April; 18:15-20:10
Venue: Hunter Lecture Theatre, Hunter Building, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF
Scotland’s Future Landscapes: Design for an Ageing Population
Learn from a world perspective to influence in Scotland. Dr Amber Roberts, Winner of the Mark Turnbull Travel Award reflects on her research and travels to Japan, Sweden and USA. How do we design for ageing populations and strengthen Scottish landscape practice under the legacy and influence of Ian McHarg?

CIfA2019 Archaeology: values, benefits, and legacies
Date & time: Wednesday 24 – Friday 26 April; 09:30–17:30
Venue: Royal Armouries Museum, 5 Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LE
Our 2019 conference will provide a forum for delegates to discuss and explore ideas around social value, public benefit, and the creation of knowledge. It offers the opportunity to think about legacy and how the work we undertake now will impact on future generations – from inspiring future careers to learning lessons from our failures. We also want to consider how a multitude of stakeholders – archaeologists, policy makers, clients, the public – value our discipline: financially, politically and intellectually and to think about how effective we are in communicating that value through the stories we tell.

Crumble in discussion: “Are we sitting comfortably?”
Date & time: Thursday 25 April; 17:30–19:00
Venue: RIAS Bookshop, 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BE
Join Crumble at the RIAS Bookshop for an evening of discussion on the notion of comfort, and how we feel about the environments in which we live. What makes us comfortable (or uncomfortable)? What can the architect do to create comfort in the world around us? Is the profession guilty of sitting too comfortably?
Crumble is an independent architecture magazine edited and published by students from the University of Edinburgh. The team will be providing an introduction to the magazine and sharing some conclusions from their upcoming issue.
This event is FREE to attend.

AF 2019 April Meet-up – Glasgow
Date & time: Saturday 27 April; 10:15 (10:30 start) – 13:00
Venue: The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU
Join us at The Lighthouse for the April meet-up! These free-to-attend monthly meet-ups are very laid back and are open to anyone considering taking part in or contributing to the Architecture Fringe 2019 Open Programme. The Open Programme is a non-curated platform for self-directed projects, exhibitions, events and happenings. The meet-ups are an opportunity for you to hear more about the Architecture Fringe itself, to share your project thoughts and ideas, get feedback and meet new people. The meet-ups are analogue so just bring ideas or images to stick up on the wall. Open to all, free to attend. A lovely way to spend a Saturday morning!

Best practice approaches to place-based regeneration: A SURF Award Shared Learning Workshop
Date & time: Thursday 2 May; 10:00-13:30
Venue: The Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR
This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Storytelling Centre provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards regenerating Scotland’s places with three winning projects from the ‘Most Improved Place’, ‘Housing’ and ‘Community Led Regeneration’ categories highlighted in the 2018 SURF Awards process.

Rhind Lectures 2019 – Hadrian’s Wall: A Study in Archaeological Exploration and Interpretation
Date & time: Friday 10 May (6pm-8pm), Saturday 11 May (11am-5pm) and Sunday 12 May (2pm-5pm).
Venue: National Museum Scotland auditorium, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF (use Lothian Street entrance).
Hadrian’s Wall was written about even when it was still in use as a frontier. Interest continued through the next 1000 years, but it was the spirit of enquiry generated by the Renaissance which led to more focussed study. Once archaeological excavations started, the pace quickened. Now we have an enormous data base even though only about 5% of the Wall has been examined. To understand our interpretations of Hadrian’s Wall today, it is necessary to start in the 1840s, and in particular consider the work and influence of John Collingwood Bruce (Rhind lecturer in 1883). The first two lectures in this series of six will review the excavations and surveys, theories and flights of fancy since that decade. The next two lectures concentrate on the different phases of activity on the Wall and through them seek understanding of how the Wall operated. The impact of the Wall on local people and the landscape is the subject of the fifth lecture, while in the final talk the state of Hadrian’s Wall today is considered, with time for questions.
Lectures given by Professor David Breeze OBE, FSA, Hon FSA Scot, FRSE, Hon CIfA.

Overcoming barriers to employability facing Scotland’s young people: A SURF Award Shared Learning Workshop
Date & time: Wednesday 15 May; 10:00-13:30
Venue: The Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow G40 1BP
This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Glasgow Women’s Library provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches towards tackling barriers to employability facing young people in Scotland. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Youth Employability’ category highlighted in the 2018 SURF Awards process will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.

RICS Rural Mid-Session Conference
Date & time: Thursday 16 May; 09:00-16:45
Venue: Scottish Natural Heritage, Battleby Conference Centre, Redgorton, Perth, PH1 3EW
This year’s Rural Mid-Session Conference comes back at the SNH with a refreshed agenda and will equip you with the right knowledge to leverage current opportunities for growth and resilience. Delivered through presentations and case studies, the event will focus on key sessions so you can be better prepared to mitigate any risks to your business.

The importance of culture and creative arts in community regeneration: A SURF Award Shared Learning Workshop
Date & time: Thursday 30 May; 10:00-13:30
Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ
This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Paisley Arts Centre provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches towards linking creative arts and culture into regeneration initiatives. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category highlighted in the 2018 SURF Awards process will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.

RICS Commercial Property Conference, Scotland
Date & time: Thursday 6 June; 10:00-16:00
Venue: Radisson Blu, 80 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH
With current uncertainty in the market, it is important to join fellow professionals to debate, analyse and address the major challenges and opportunities the real estate market faces in a post Brexit climate. The RICS Commercial Property Conference brings together agents, occupiers and investors to strengthen your understanding of the current economic outlook, latest occupier trends, growth opportunities, and risks to the commercial property sector. Whether you are in retail, leisure or office, there will be a session to update you on the current market outlook.
A key theme running throughout the day is the main factors impacting your commercial property portfolio. The event will explore how issues such as lease flexibility, sustainability and technology will impact those investing in commercial property and what occupiers are now demanding from their properties and agents.
Book before Friday 12 April for the Early Bird discount.
4 hours formal CPD

Patrick Geddes Centre Study Day: Modernism 1 India & Identity
Date & time: Tuesday 11 June; 10:00–16:00
Venue: Patrick Geddes Centre at Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PG
Patrick Geddes applied his culturally sensitive approaches to many projects during his time in India, drawing the friendship of Tagore and Ghandi. This period of dwindling colonial influence saw the search for a new Indian identity – a hot bed for early modernist architecture and design.
This study day also includes a light lunch; more information will be announced shortly.
Entry: from £22

Patrick Geddes Centre Study Day: Modernism 2 Geddes, Abercrombie & Pepler
Date & time: Tuesday 18 June; 10:00–16:00
Venue: Patrick Geddes Centre at Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PG
George Pepler & Patrick Abercrombie were instrumental in shaping post-war Britain. By exploring their modernist visions, Dr Alastair Fair (Chancellor’s Fellow in Architectural History, University of Edinburgh) and colleagues will consider the extent of Patrick Geddes’ influence on early modernism. This study day also includes a light lunch.
Entry: from £22

RICS CPD Day, Aberdeen 2019
Date & time: Thursday 20 June; 08:30-17:10
Venue: Hilton Hotel Aberdeen Treetops, 161 Springfield Road, Aberdeen, AB15 7AQ
Hear the latest updates most relevant to you and your business right now. Learn from leading experts across land, property and the built environment at your regional conference. Enhance your capabilities and knowledge around today’s ever-changing market trends, legislation, and technical guidance.  Choose from a range of practical breakout sessions, ensuring that the CPD you are set to gain will best meet your needs.
6 hours formal CPD

RICS Annual Dinner 2019, Scotland
Date & time: Thursday 27 June; 19:00-23:00
Venue: Radisson Blu, 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL
Join fellow property professionals for the RICS Annual Dinner 2019, Scotland – an opportunity to network with professionals in the region. The dinner will provide the ideal setting to entertain clients, socialise with colleagues and generate new business contacts. Ian Fergusson, RICS Chairman for Scotland looks forward to welcoming guest’s to this year’s Annual Dinner. Set to be held at the prestigious Radisson Blu in Glasgow, with return of this highly anticipated black-tie event, also comes your opportunity to meet up with fellow members, friends and business partners old and new.
Book before 29 March to take advantage of our early bird discounted rate.

IHBC Annual School – Nottingham 2019
Dates: Annual School: Thursday 4 – Saturday 6 July; Day School: Friday 5 July
Venue: Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation will hold its 21st Annual School in Nottingham, hosted by the IHBC East Midlands Branch. This year’s school focuses on the theme of ‘Heritage, Risk & Resilience: confronting conservation calamities, exploring:
–    Heritage challenges and insights into solutions for Fire | Flood | Structural Failure
–    Case studies – Technical, practical and strategic advice
–    Planning for the worst: dealing with the aftermath
The Annual School includes three exciting days of:
–    Tours – Nottingham, Leicester, Derby & the East Midlands
–    CPD support: Up to 20 hours Continuing Professional Development linked
–    Business opportunities: Sponsors, exhibitors, networks & supporters

‘PKARF: Priorities in Progress’ Regional Archaeology Conference
Date & time: Friday 30 August, 09:00-17:00
Venue: Soutar Theatre, AK Bell Library, 2-8 York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP
Save the date and book your travel for the first conference organised as part of the Perth and Kinross (Regional) Archaeological Research Framework (PKARF). Join Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust for a summary of findings from the first year of knowledge assessment and here preliminary research priorities presented by leading experts. Contribute to the shaping of the future Framework by joining ‘think tank’ workshops to review draft period summaries, nominate case studies, highlight knowledge gaps, and share your opinions on where future archaeological research should be directed. Student Attendance Bursaries available to assist with the cost of travel and accommodation.


Maintaining Traditional Buildings
Date: Friday 29 March
Venue: Charlestown Workshops, Fife KY11 3EN
A must for anyone who owns or is responsible for a traditional building.
This course provides the perfect starting point if you are considering undertaking some simple repairs yourself or will enable you to speak your builder’s language and be confident that you are being given the correct advice.
This seminar will outline the maintenance that traditional buildings require and attendees will gain an understanding of traditional building techniques and the correct materials to use when undertaking repairs. This will also be an excellent opportunity to speak to the Scottish Lime Centre Trust’s expert tutors about your project, attendees are welcome to bring along photos and mortar samples for some specific advice.

Above Eaves Level P1 – Traditional Slate Roofs
Date: Tuesday 2 – Wednesday 3 April
Venue: Merryhill Training Centre, Fife KY11 3DR
This 2-day course aims to provide an introductory guide to traditional Scottish roofs including function, structure, types of trusses, external roof shapes, typical details and decorative features and the causes of deterioration and the main causes of failure. Practical work includes sizing and trimming of slates, setting out and nailing a simple traditional slate roof, undertaking repairs, executing a mortar skew fillet and installing rainwater goods correctly.
By the end of the course attendees will be able to recognise the structure of roofs, identify different types of trusses, different external roof shapes, their detailing, decorative features. Understand how natural slate was formed and the variety of slates used in the past on traditional roofs and the main causes of failure on a roof. Specifying roof repairs with sufficient detail to retain the character of a traditional slate roof.
The practical sessions will enable you to trim and size slates, set out and nail a simple traditional slate roof, execute a mortar skew fillet and install rainwater goods correctly.

Technical Seminar: Stained Glass
Date & time: Wednesday 3 April; 10:00–16:30
Venue: The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling, FK8 1QZ
This new technical seminar delves into the use of decorative glass in buildings.  Listen to the experts cover various topics from the properties and characteristics of stained glass, to its decay mechanisms and conservation.
Cost: £35.00 Non-members; £31.50 HES members

Conservation of Surface Finishes
Dates: Thursday 4 – Friday 12 April (4 days)
Venue: Forth Valley College, Drip Road, Stirling FK8 1RD
Discover the history and conservation of a range of internal and external surface finishes traditionally used on Scotland’s historic buildings. Study the science behind paints and coatings and the complex issues involved in the conservation of historic finishes today. This course offers a historic overview of the use of paints and other coatings in Scottish architectural traditions, from the medieval period through to the 20th century. Explore the impact of internationally renowned Scottish artists such as Adam, Cottier, Mackintosh and Traquair. Learn about technological developments, from hand-mixed coatings using natural materials such as lime and earth pigments, to the manufacturing of paints and varnishes on an industrial scale and innovative synthetic materials. You will get the chance to study the physical properties of paints, varnishes and other coatings, high-style decorative finishes such as gilding and stencilling, and the technical skills and knowledge required to conserve, restore and replicate these finishes today.
Cost: £420
To register your interest email

Architectural Conservation CPD: Conservation Theory and Practice
Date & time: Wednesday 24 April, 12:30-13:30 (light refreshments from 12:15)
Venue: The Fair Maid’s House, 15-19 North Port, Perth, PH1 5LU
The first session in a 6-part CPD programme offers an introduction to conservation theory and practice and is delivered by Peter Burman. Whether you are starting out in a buildings related career, looking to refresh your conservation knowledge, encounter historic buildings as part of your work portfolio, or have limited knowledge of the best conservation practice to employ on a project involving buildings built before 1919, this is the CPD programme for you. Sessions are delivered in Perth by industry accredited professionals and are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Traditional Masonry Repair C2 – Contractor Level 2
Date: Tuesday 30 April – Thursday 2 May
Venue: Merryhill Training Centre, Fife KY11 3DR
This 3-day workshop builds on the knowledge and skills gained on ‘C1 Making and Using Traditional Mortars’. The workshop aims to enable you to complete seamless rebuilding and repair of traditional masonry to match original work. You will gain a conservation ethic and be able to develop repair strategies suitable for a variety of traditional masonry types.
The course deals with build types from ashlar to rubble walling, as well as finishes including harling and limewashing. Participants will be able to undertake sensitive surface repairs to ashlar and profiled stone to the highest standards using indenting, part indenting and mortared surface repairs
This workshop provides the underpinning knowledge and a practical rehearsal of the assessment and accreditation procedure for SQA National Unit 2 and Unit 3.


Edinburgh World Heritage Conservation Projects Officer
The Officer will support the delivery of the Conservation Funding Programme projects by:
– supporting the delivery of key conservation projects
– advancing the future-proofing our heritage programme
– strengthening engagement with people and communities
– ensuring a high level of quality control on all project grant documentation
Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday 29 March

National Lottery Heritage Fund Director: Scotland
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK, and everything we do for the heritage is made possible by National Lottery players.  We are seeking exceptional candidates for the role of Director Scotland.  This is an exciting time to join the Fund as it launches its ambitious Strategic Funding Framework and develops new ways of supporting and strengthening the UK’s heritage.  The Director Scotland will play a key role in taking this forward, responsible for our investment and engagement activities across Scotland and will be an inspiring leader with excellent communication and stakeholder management skills.
Contract: Permanent
Hours:  Full time (35 hours p/w)
Location: Scotland. Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on 16 April 2019.
Salary:  Up to £61k per annum (subject to review) Job Ref: BD001.01
Closing date: midnight, 29 March 2019

Perth City Mills Development Officer
Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust are seeking to appoint a historic buildings conservation professional to join our team to:
•    Lead on the production of a Conservation Management Plan and Training and Volunteer Plan and Office Accommodation and Management Plan
•    Lead on community and stakeholder consultation and the development of a costed project proposal and fund-raising strategy leading to funding applications for a 3-5 year project beginning in 2020
•    Contribute to plans to sub-let the Trust’s Library Lodge building and the physical move of staff to Lower City Mills
Salary: £30,000 p.a. Full-time, 1-year fixed term contract.
Application is by covering letter and CV by 5pm, Friday 5 April 2019.
Interviews will be held on Monday 15 April 2019.
Full job description and personal specification

Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) Development Officer
Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust are seeking to appoint a historic buildings conservation professional to join our team to:
•    Update the Conservation Area Appraisal (2009) and Management Plan, research and develop specific projects and initiatives for the bid, working with Trust staff and key staff from Perth and Kinross Council
•    Produce a Learning Plan, Professional Training Plan, and project and administrative proposals while developing community partners and correlating a final bid with additional funding as required.
Salary: £30,000 p.a. Part-time, 2-year fixed-term contract
Application is by covering letter and CV by 5pm, Friday 5 April 2019.
Interviews will be held on: Tuesday 16 April 2019.
Full job description and personal specification

National Trust for Scotland – Trustee Appointment
This summer the National Trust for Scotland will hold elections for candidates to stand for four vacancies on its Board of Trustees.
In particular, applications are being sought from candidates with a professional built heritage conservation background.  All candidates must be able to demonstrate a passion for the cause of the Trust along with high level leadership experience.
If you have the skills, time and passion to help us take our next steps, please get in touch with Nicola Blyth, Governance Manager
Tel: 0131 458 0293
Applications close: 12pm, Wednesday 17 April 2019.

Chief Executive – Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT)
The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) seeks to change the face of Central Scotland by restoring and transforming the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.
In anticipation of the retirement of Chief Executive, Simon Rennie, they are now seeking a new Chief Executive to lead the development of the Central Scotland Green Network (the largest environmental project of its kind in Europe) and to lead and manage the Central Scotland Green Network Trust.  Working closely with the senior team, you will set the strategic direction of CSGNT in order to bring about ambitious plans of bringing real change to the environment, economy and people of Central Scotland.  Reporting to the CSGNT Board, you will work closely with CSGNT’s Chair and will play a key role in projecting the Trust’s ambitions and in managing key stakeholder relationships.
Salary: £60k – £70k
Please send your completed application form along with your CV and any other supporting material in PDF format to by Wednesday, 27 March 2019.
First interviews will take place in Shotts on Thursday 25 April 2019.