TBHC Members Exclusive Tour- Bannockburn House

A fantastic time was had by all at Bannockburn House yesterday. TBHC members were lucky enough to have an exclusive tour of the grand historic building by the Bannockburn House Trust Vice Chair, Willie McEwan.

Steeped in local history and an important part of Stirling’s heritage; the Bannockburn House Trust and a group of hardworking volunteers are busy restoring the house to its former glory.

The house is most famous for its links to “Bonny Prince Charlie” who in January 1746, at the invitation of Sir Hugh Paterson, was to make Bannockburn house his headquarters after his army’s long march back from Derby where he had tried to drum up English support for the Jacobites. It was during his stay at Bannockburn, after his victory on the 17th January against the Hanovarian army at Falkirk Muir, that he developed a fever.

He was looked after by Clementina Walkinshaw, who was an ardent Jacobite supporter. A bullet hole still remains in the wall where the head of the bed was in the room which Prince Charles had occupied. Legend has it that it was caused by the bullet of an assassin fired through the bedroom window.

If you would like to find out further information, volunteer or donate to keep the Bannockburn House alive for many years to come please visit the Bannockburn House Trust website http://www.bannockburnhouse.scot/

TBHC Commercial Inspection- The Smith Art Gallery and Museum

We were delighted to carry out an inspection for one of our commercial members- The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum at the end of 2016.

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum is an important building and part of Stirling’s great heritage. Formerly the Smith Institute, it was established in 1874 by the bequest of the artist Thomas Stuart Smith (1815-1869) on land supplied by the Burgh of Stirling.

It was initially created as a gallery for contemporary art, with a museum and library reading room for the residents of Stirling. Nowadays, it functions as a gallery, museum and cultural centre for the Stirling Area.

We are proud to have the museum as one of our members and help them maintain this beautiful building in Stirling for years to come.

If you know of a commercial building that would benefit from joining the TBHC scheme please do not hesitate to contact us.

TBHC New Van!

If you are out and about in Stirling, look out for our newly branded van!

Our team are always carrying out inspections across Stirling city centre. Come over and say hello if you see the team.


RICS Building Surveying Conference – Scotland

If you are visiting the RICS Building Surveying Conference on the 3rd November at the SECC, Glasgow. Make sure not to miss Sonya Linskaill, Manager of the Stirling City Heritage Trust who will be speaking at 3.30pm about the Traditional Buildings Health Check Scheme.

Further information about the conference can be found here http://www.rics.org/uk/training-events/conferences-seminars/rics-building-surveying-conference-scotland/glasgow/

Under One Roof

Under One Roof (http://www.underoneroof.scot )


Under One Roof, is a major new free website designed to help the half million plus private flat owners in Scotland with the complex and important task of carrying out repairs to their shared properties. Part of the RIAS Festival of Architecture 2016, it was launched by Scottish Government Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart MSP at an event in Glasgow last month.


The website contains information on both legal obligations and building repair issues. There’s over 100 articles on flat owners’ legal responsibilities towards their co-owners including downloadable model letters will make the whole process easier for owners, and advice on dealing with owners who refuse to participate in critical repairs.

The website compliments the work of the Traditional Buildings Health Check, with over 70 technical information articles that assist owners to identify repair problems and the construction of their buildings.


Overall this is an invaluable new resource for all flat owners including those in traditional buildings and we highly recommend you give it a look!

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 http://conservation.historic-scotland.gov.uk/home/engineshed.html


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 https://issuu.com/stirling/docs/doors_open_day_2016_/1


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

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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 http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05qtxw5/reporting-scotland-22042015