It is with great sadness that we contact you with the news that our Traditional Building Inspector, Richard Groom, passed away suddenly at home on the 13th February.
Richard had been an integral part of the TBHC team since June 2016, and before that made a significant contribution to the pilot project as the representative for the Construction Industry Training Board.
For those of you who met him, you no doubt could feel the passion and commitment he had for traditional buildings and skills. He was a fantastic guy to work with and injected humour into what can be a fairly dry subject!
Before joining us, Richard had over 25 years’ experience as an architectural stone carver, and had taught stonemasonry and stone carving at Edinburgh’s Telford College. He produced work for many high profile conservation projects. Richard also worked as the Traditional Building Skills Project Coordinator for CITB in Scotland, working closely with Historic Environment Scotland to raise awareness of the need to carry out repair and regular maintenance of traditional buildings and working towards a competent and qualified workforce. He was also convenor of the Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum.
Richard will be sorely missed by us all here at Stirling City Heritage Trust and by many colleagues in our sector who have also worked with him over the years. The thoughts of the staff and trustees are with his family at this time.