What is Traditional Buildings Health Check Scheme?
The Traditional Buildings Health Check Scheme is a pilot project initiated by Historic Scotland in partnership with Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Scotland. There are 2 parts to the project:
- The proactive maintenance membership service
- Affordable training courses for contractors and professionals
Stirling City Heritage Trust (SCHT) is responsible for the design, delivery and management of the membership service. Historic Scotland’s Technical Conservation Group has responsibility for the training element of the project.
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Why is the pilot needed?
There has been a growing concern over the condition of Scotland’s traditional buildings from a wide representation of the construction, housing and heritage sectors. This includes bodies which represent trades and contractors such as the National Federation of Roofing Contractors and the Stone Federation to Historic Scotland, the Government’s advisors on our historic buildings. Evidence is provided by the Scottish House Condition Survey which in 2010 found almost 60% of all dwellings had disrepair to critical elements, components that make the building wind and watertight.
In 2012, SCHT was commissioned to research these concerns in more detail and a Scoping Study was undertaken presenting the case for a proactive maintenance scheme for traditional buildings in Scotland. The study recommended a pilot based on other maintenance models tested in the UK and Europe. As a result, in 2013 Historic Scotland committed to a 5-year pilot scheme as part of their Traditional Skills Strategy and in partnership with CITB Scotland.
Why traditional buildings?
Maintenance is required for all buildings irrespective of type, ownership, construction method and age. Historic buildings are a finite resource and need particular skills and materials to keep them in good repair as inappropriate interventions can be damaging. It is generally acknowledged that there is a shortage of skilled operatives in the maintenance and repair sector. For this reason CITB Scotland and Historic Scotland are supporting traditional skills training.
Stirling is a small city with a mixture of urban city centre and outlying traditional residential areas. It has a good representation of traditional building types on a scale that is manageable for a small team. SCHT has been active in promoting and protecting the city’s heritage since 2005 with a network of local contacts and knowledge of the traditional building stock. Historic Scotland has a base in Stirling and this will be strengthened in 2016 when the new building conservation centre, The Engine Shed, is due to open on Forthside. The new Forth Valley College campus provides good opportunities to link the pilot to a training venue.
What about other areas?
The findings of the pilot will assist Historic Scotland and other organisations, to consider if such a scheme can be set up in other locations in Scotland. However, there are some other resources and initiatives in other areas of Scotland that are available to assist owners with maintenance. See our Resources pages to check if there’s anything near you or speak to your Local Authority.
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How is the pilot funded?
The pilot is funded by Historic Scotland and CITB Scotland as a not-for-profit scheme. All membership and inspection fees collected from members will be used within the project to assist in the financing of the service.
How is the pilot managed?
The pilot is overseen by a Steering Group comprising of the SCHT Manager, a minimum of 2 SCHT Trustees, a representative of CITB Scotland, and a project manager and the Head of Traditional Skills and Materials at Historic Scotland. The SCHT Manager reports to the Steering Group on a quarterly basis.