Traditional Building Health Check Scheme


Historic Scotland hosted the Stimulating Demand for Traditional Skills Summit in November 2012. At the event, Cabinet Secretary Ms Fiona Hyslop MSP, highlighted the need for more proactive repair and maintenance of Scottish traditional buildings, which add up to a staggering 19% of Scotland’s building stock. Research carried out by Historic Scotland suggests that 75% of those buildings show disrepair and 53% are in urgent need of repair.

Ms Hyslop took the opportunity to announce that Historic Scotland will launch, A Traditional Building Health Check scheme. This will see Historic Scotland, working in partnership with CITB-ConstructionSkills Scotland, pilot a scheme of independent inspections to identify issues with Traditional Buildings, that when addressed will stimulate the repair and maintenance market, through using appropriately skilled and qualified contractors to undertake any work identified.

For more information about the supporting literature, follow the link below to access the evidence paper summary report or the executive summary report from Stirling City Heritage Trust. If you would like more information about this scheme please contact Colin Tennant.


A Scottish monument watch - A report from Stirling City Heritage Trust which highlights the benefits of introducing a proactive maintenance scheme for traditional buildings.

A Scottish Monument Watch – Full report [PDF, 4.23MB]

A Scottish Monument Watch – Report summary [PDF, 1.69MB]

Evidence report – this document is a summary of the data analysis carried out by Historic Scotland to provide evidence of the current need for proactive maintenance and repair of the traditional building stock in Scotland.

Establishing the Need for Traditional Skills [PDF, 677KB]



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