Health Check inspector Richard Groom

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.

Repairs grant now open for Stirling’s traditional buildings

The Traditional Building Repair Grant (TBRG) is now open to members of the Traditional Buildings Health Check. The last round of grant funding awarded over £44,000 to traditional properties in the Stirling City boundary for building repair works.

Stirling City Heritage Trust (SCHT) manages the grant fund, which supports Traditional Buildings Health Check members to undertake eligible building repairs to their traditional properties. The fund is supported by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and Stirling Council.

This year the application process has been updated and includes a pre-application stage. If you are a member and wish to apply, please check the eligibility criteria and review the application process and guidance in the members area.

  • Your building must be a current member of the Traditional Buildings Health Check. You will need to have a minimum of 3 months left of your TBHC membership at the time of your grant payment.
  • Eligible buildings will be located within the City of Stirling boundary, listed or unlisted.
  • The proposed works will be identified in the TBHC Inspection Report as Priority 1 and 2.
  • Note, not all works in your report may be eligible, the grant is to support conservation repairs using traditional materials and methods only.

There are two grant streams for members:

  • Small grant: 50% rate to a maximum of £5,000 per building per year. Owners in buildings with multiple owners, such as tenements, can apply for an additional £2,500 per year for works to their individual property, for example windows. The grant runs on a rolling programme, funds permitting, so you can apply at any time.
  • Large grant: A grant in excess of £5,000 per building, per year may be offered for holistic projects which meet additional outcomes. Applications are scored against evaluation criteria and awarded funding accordingly. Fixed deadlines for applications.

For anyone who is not a member and is thinking of applying for the grant, you can join the Traditional Buildings Health Check online. Alternatively, if you want to find out more there is an event on the grant on 24 January at Smith Art Gallery.

Drop-in Event: Repairs Grant – Find Out More



Drop in from 4 until 6 pm and find out more about the new repair grants offered by Stirling City Heritage Trust this year.

Join us in person at the Smith Art Gallery for a chance to find out more about the new process, if you’re work is eligible and put questions to the grants team.

If you’re interested please RSVP by email or by call the team on 01786 498463. RSVP deadline: Thursday 17 January 

Leadwork demonstration

Traditional Building Skills Courses for Local Contractors

Stirling City Heritage Trust is offering places to local contractors looking to develop their traditional building skills working with lead and lime. There are two LTSA-approved short courses at Forth Valley College in Falkirk on working with Lead and one SQA approved line working course at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust.

Lead Training Courses

16-18 January and 30 Jan -1 February 2019, Forth Valley College, Falkirk

Course 1: Leadwork Bossing and Forming 3 days total – Wed 16th, Thurs 17th, Fri 18th January 2019

Including: Front Apron, Chute Outlet, Back Gutter, Internal / External corners, Undercloak to roll and Drip Edge

Course 2: Lead Welding 3 days total – Wed 30th Jan, Thurs 31st & Friday 1st Feb 2019

Including: Butt Weld, Lap Weld, Cover Patch, Fillet Weld, Incline, Lead slate, Front Apron, Back Gutter Saddle.  

Mortar & Masonry Training

18 – 22 February 2019, Scottish Lime Centre Trust

This intensive week of training and assessment will combine the courses ‘C1 Making and Using Traditional Mortars’ and ‘C2 Traditional Masonry Repair’ with continual assessment to allow you to gain SQA National Units 1, 2 & 3 in Conservation Masonry within five intensive days.

For eligibility and further details on how to apply visit the Stirling City Heritage Trust Website


Stirling Traditional Skills Demonstration Day Success!

The next generation of craftsmen and women whose skills will help preserve Scotland’s architectural heritage had a chance to learn more about traditional building techniques at an event in Stirling.

Organised by the Stirling City Heritage Trust and the Forth Valley Traditional Buildings Forum, the two day traditional building skills event included demonstrations of stonemasonry, specialist joinery, roof slating and painting and decorating.

Inspiring future generations to keep these traditional skills alive was the major purpose of the event and secondary pupils from six schools across Stirling who are beginning to think about their career choices, had an opportunity to try their hands at traditional crafts.

During the event the school children were visited by MSP Bruce Crawford, MSP Mark Russell and MP Stephen Kerr who under the guidance of young apprentices, also tried to master some of the skills.

Looking around Stirling, it is easy to see that what makes Stirling such a beautiful city, it is the beautiful traditionally constructed buildings around us. It is important that the homeowners of these buildings and the next generation look after and learn to maintain and repair these buildings.

The event, which was held in Port Street was open to anyone interested in a career in traditional building construction or property owners concerned about the condition of their building.

If you know a young person who may be interested in a traditional skill as a career path- make sure to contact “The Engine Shed” Scotland’s Building Conservation Centre which has recently opened in the heart of Stirling for more information