Advocacy Facts & Figures

The built environment is one of Scotland’s most precious assets.

Tourism

  • The UK-wide Heritage industry is worth about £50billion p.a. and supports over a million jobs (HLF 2016)
  • There are 317,000 known historic environment sites in Scotland (SHEA 2016)
  • The historic environment contributes in excess of £2.3 billion to Scotland’s economy, with £1.35 billion in GVA in 2015/16 (SHEA 2016)
  • 14.6 million people visited historic environment attractions in 2015 – 25% of all recorded visits to Scottish attractions (SHEA 2016)
  • pie-25Total spend by visitors to Scotland in 2015 was £8.87 billion. Of this, £780 million is directly attributed to the historic environment, supporting 23,100 jobs (SHEA 2016)
  • With indirect spending included, this increases to £1.35 billion supporting a network of 35,600 jobs (SHEA 2016)
  • Edinburgh as a World Heritage Site is worth between £1.2 – £1.4 billion (EWH 2016)
  • 68% of visitors to Edinburgh come because of its historic vernacular, bringing an estimated expenditure of £1.16 billion p. a. (EWH 2016)

Buildings

  • 48% of all of Scotland’s homes have disrepair to critical elements (SHCS 2016)
  • 67% of traditionally built homes (pre-1919) have disrepair to critical elements (SHCS 2016)
  • Traditionally dwellings constructed before 1919, make up approximately 20% of Scotland’s building stock (STBF 2016)
  • In 2016, 45% of all dwellings failed to meet Scottish Housing Quality Standards (SHQS) (SHCS 2016)
  • 32.8% of homes in Scotland failed the SHQS due to Energy Efficiency, while 12.4% failed due to not being Healthy, Safe and Secure properties (SHCS 2016)
  • 8.5% of A-listed buildings are on the Buildings at Risk Register (HES 2018)
  • Approximately 87% of Scotland’s scheduled monuments were in optimal or satisfactory condition in 2015 (SHEA 2016)
  • There are 8,164 scheduled monuments in Scotland, a net increase of 1.8% since 2008 (SHEA 2016)

Participation in the Built Environment

  • 33% of adults in Scotland visited a historic or archaeological site in 2015 (SHEA 2016)
  • Scotland’s historic environment engaged over 17,100 volunteers in 2015 (Volunteering & Historic Environment 2016)
  • Volunteers provide 121,000 days, an average of 7 days per volunteer to help conserve the historic environment, a contribution worth £14.7 million (Volunteering & Historic Environment 2016)
  • 46% of Scotland’s historic environment organisations are run entirely by volunteers (Volunteering & Historic Environment 2016)
  • Historic Houses Association Scotland has 350 Friends and 220 Members (property or garden owners) (SHEA 2016)
  • In 2015/16 there were 61 Adopt a Monument Projects, compared with 32 in 2014 (SHEA 2016)

Investment

  • Heritage Lottery Fund has £430million to invest UK-wide in 2016 (HLF 2016)

For full details and more figures download the latest Scottish Historic Environment Audit (SHEA)

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