Doors Open Day 2016- The Engine Shed- Success!

We hope you had the opportunity to visit a local Stirling building during Doors Open Day 2016. We were lucky enough to be based at The Engine Shed  for the weekend and have to say a fantastic time was had by all! It was lovely to meet our members in person and to also spread the word about the TBHC to new audiences. We received a lot of enquiries from individuals from areas outwith Stirling; showing us that there is the demand for the scheme to expand from Stirling in the future.


Our  inspector David Lindsay kindly allowed us to borrow his stone carved Easter Island Head for the” Guess the Weight” competition. We are delighted to announce that James Smilie from Stirling won this competition and will be receiving a Waterstones Giftcard in the post. The winner of our childrens competition was Jamie Swingler from Bridge of Allan who will be receving our lovely Wolf Toy “Craig” in the post along with a large jar of sweeties.


All in all it was a great weekend showing how protecting Stirling’s Historic buildings is achieved through various different skill sets and great organisations. We will definetly be back next year when the The Engine Shed is completed and open for business.  For more information on The Engine Shed visit their website


Next Event-Doors Open Day 2016- The Engine Shed

We hope you are excited about visiting many local attractions during Doors Open Day, 10th-11th September this year in Stirling.  Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event. Every weekend in September you can explore hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland. Many are normally closed to the public. Some open up once a year some just once in a lifetime. Discover the inspiring architecture, places and spaces right on your doorstep or explore a new part of the country.
Find out what venues are participating in Stirling via the link here or viewing the booklet here


Engine Shed exterior (Source – Sophie McGovern, FFtF)

What is the Engine Shed?

Currently undergoing conversion, The Engine Shed will become Scotland’s Building Conservation Centre. Once up and running, the centre will be a dynamic and creative space with a full programme of interactive activities and exhibitions to allow people to fully explore the historic structures around them.

Originally part of a late 19th century military depot, The Engine Shed has been empty and unused since the 1990s. Come along and learn how Historic Environment Scotland are maintaining and converting the building

What is happening at The Engine Shed at Doors Open Day?

Children and adults of all ages can have a go at the techniques we use to protect Scotland’s historic structures. Visitors can also try their hand at traditional craft skills such as stain glass working and stone masonry, as well as discover what some of the artefacts recovered from Scotland’s most famous sites can reveal about our dynamic heritage.

Click on the video above to see what happened last year.

Visit TBHC!

The TBHC Team will be based at The Engine Shed during 10th-11th September.

If you are an existing member come on down and say hello- we are here to answer any questions you may have. Also, if you have a friend or neighbour who may  be interested in the scheme bring them along!

There will be a competition to win a year’s free membership- you could be the lucky winner!


New Team at the TBHC!

The TBHC Team has been undergoing a few changes of late and we are delighted to introduce two new team members – Sara and Richard- who join Sonya Linskaill and David Lindsay to bring the team back up to full speed.

We would like to thank all our members for your patience and commitment to the scheme while our team has undergone significant changes in 2016 and we look forward to seeing you at an event later this year!


Sara Armstrong – Assistant Project Managerme

With extensive events industry experience gained across various event sectors, Sara is experienced in organising and marketing a range of live events, exhibitions, meetings and sales conferences across the world and managing society memberships. Sara is now the Assistant Project Manager for the TBHC and is running all aspects of the TBHC membership and marketing as well as organising membership events.


P1170930WEB2Richard Groom – Inspector

Richard Groom joins the TBHC with his background of over 25 years as an architectural stonecarver and teacher of stonemasonary and stonecarving in Edinburgh’s Telford College for over 10 years. During this time work was produced for many high profile conservation repair and maintenance contracts ( alongside our very own David Lindsay!).


Sculptural work includes a 23 foot long Floating Head commissioned for the Glasgow Garden Festival 1988 and his sculptural stone work has been sold through noted London galleries.

From 2005 to 2016, Richard 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 and is currently the convenor of the Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum.


Stirling Council joins TBHC

Stirling Council has become the latest member of the Traditional Buildings Health Check.

TBHC-Stirling-Council-600x898Stirling Council has recently joined with 12 priority buildings including the Tolbooth, Municipal Buildings and Old Town Jail. The distinctive By joining the scheme, the Council now has access to high-quality knowledge and advice to help them maintain the traditional buildings in their care. This will ensure some of the most prominent historic buildings in the City are preserved to a high standard.

The Council’s membership illustrates that the scheme is open to all traditional building owners large and small; public, commercial and residential. The membership has grown steadily over the last 2 years with traditional building owners across the Stirling City area taking advantage of the advice and knowledge available through the scheme.

TBHC Scheme featured on Reporting Scotland

P1030289 sml (800x600)

P1030297 sml (800x600)








BBC Scotland came to Stirling yesterday to film the TBHC team undertaking an inspection and interview our manager Sonya Linskaill and Ali Davey of Historic Scotland about the benefits of the pilot Scheme. It was featured on the lunchtime, evening and night time editions of Reporting Scotland. You may also have heard an article on BBC Radio Scotland’s Newsdrive.

If you missed the article by Suzanne Allan last night it can still be viewed at

Cabinet Secretary meets TBHC members

Cabinet Secretary meets TBHC members at a celebration of the successful launch of the scheme’s membership and inspection service.

TBHCS Members & Minister 013

Fiona Hyslop Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs joined some of the first members of the Traditional Buildings Health Check Scheme to celebrate its successful launch.

Members and dignitaries were invited by Historic Scotland to join the TBHC team at Cowane’s Hospital last Wednesday morning whilst the first part of an inspection of the building took place. [The Cowane’s Trust are one of the first organisations, as opposed to residential owners, to have joined the scheme.] Ms Hyslop got to speak to our Traditional Buildings Inspector David Lindsay and see him in action inspecting the chimneys, the crowstepped gables and the roof and rainwater goods using a cherry picker.

Following the inspection Ms Hyslop addressed guests giving an insightful speech which made it clear she has a real passion for this scheme! In particular she noted that Stirling is becoming a real hub for traditional building expertise and initiatives and highlighted Historic Scotland’s plans to open Scotland’s first ever conservation centre in Stirling in the old Engine Shed, due to open in 2016. 

Read More

New recruits and new office for TBHC

We are pleased to report that the development of the project is now well underway. The New Year saw a recruitment process that resulted in the employment, in April, of two members of staff to help drive forward and ultimately deliver the initiative. David Lindsay has been appointed as an Inspector and Gill Stewart has been appointed as Project Officer and Reserve Inspector. A new office has also been found to accommodate these two new colleagues alongside the existing Stirling City Heritage Trust staff members.





Our new address is:
Unit 60, Stirling Business Centre, Wellgreen, Stirling FK8 2DZ

The Traditional Buildings Health Check Scheme now has a dedicated landline: 01786 498 463

Now that we are established in our new premises, we are working on fine tuning the services that will be offered as part of the scheme. We are not far off being able to start delivering the advisory and membership aspects of the scheme – which we hope will begin in August.

In the meantime if you need any advice or have any further questions about the service, please feel free to contact us via this email or give us a call and we will be happy to help.