The Service

The Traditional Buildings Health Check (TBHC) is a new proactive scheme trialling a membership service based approach to proactive maintenance within the City of Stirling.

What is the Traditional Buildings Health Check? Click here to view background information on the TBHC and why it is necessary.

Who’s eligible?

Any building type is eligible as long as it is of traditional construction – that’s means it will probably have been built before 1919, has solid masonry walls and uses traditional materials like stone and slate.   It may be your home, business or a public or community building.  It doesn’t need to be in a Conservation Area or Listed, but it must be in the Stirling City boundary.  Check our map in the Membership Sign-up section.  If you’re not sure if your building is eligible please contact us.


Why Join?

Without preventative maintenance, small problems in any building can quickly grow into bigger problems.  The Traditional Buildings Health Check Scheme is here to help you understand your building’s current condition and plan for future maintenance and repair.


What will Membership provide?

By joining the TBHCS you will have access to:

1. Our inspection and condition report service

An affordable and comprehensive external building fabric inspection assessing the condition of the roof, chimneys, rainwater goods, walls, windows and doors, and loft space if this is accessible.  During the inspection, when safe to do so, we may undertake routine maintenance tasks (e.g. clearing gutters) and small temporary holding works.  This service will involve the following:

  • An initial visit by our inspection team to carry out an assessment on the best way to access and inspect your property safely.
  • The building inspection. This may involve the use of ladders or a lightweight mobile access tower. Depending on the size and complexity of your property this may take a few hours or a full day.
  • An informed and impartial building condition report. This will include a prioritised list of recommendations.
  • A meeting with you to explain the report and answer any questions.
2. Our expert advice

Expert and impartial advice from our inspection team on looking after your building.  For example:

  • Guidance through the process of undertaking repairs
  • Discussion of the most compatible materials and methods
  • Advice about the best timing for maintenance tasks
3. Our membership benefits

Membership will give access to our online membership area, a quarterly e-newsletter, and exclusive events throughout the year as well as discounts at “The Engine Shed”- Scotland’s building conservation centre

4. Traditional Buildings Repair Grant

Stirling City Heritage Trust is pleased to announce that the small repair grant for TBHC members will recommence shortly.   The Traditional Building Repair Grant (TBRG), will be open to TBHC members for eligible repairs to the building exterior identified in your TBHC Inspection Report as a priority.  The grant will be set at 50% of eligible works up to a maximum grant per building per year of £5,000.   So, for example, on a building in shared ownership, that is £5,000 in total for any common repairs which would be divided between TBHC members.  In addition, for those in multiple ownership properties, as individual owners you can apply for a further £2,500 per year for repairs that are solely your own responsibility e.g. window repairs.

Our grant fund is fairly modest, £50,000 until March 2019, and further details on the application process will be issued in the coming weeks.   This will now include a pre-application stage.  You will need to agree a list of works with us before obtaining contractors’ quotes.  This is to address some of the difficulties both the Trust and owners have previously had in obtaining comparable quotes with works that are grant eligible.   This ‘list of works’ may be prepared by you, a building professional or experienced contractor.  TBHC is also introducing and trialling a Small Repair Schedule to assist as an option where works are small in scope (see Members’ Area of website for further details).

The Trust is also developing a TBHC Priority Building Repair Grant.  This grant will be for those buildings most in need of repair and where that repair will have wider benefits.   Criteria is to be set for this grant and buildings would be identified through the inspection process.  Further details will be issued shortly.
Updated 20/08/2018.


What will it cost?

The service has two costs:

1. Your membership fee
Fees are £45.00/annum – less than £1.00 a week!

2. Your inspection fee
You are not obliged to have an inspection carried out but this will be the best way for us to provide advice about your building.  Fees have been set at a value for money rate which is possible through funding from our partners Historic Scotland and CITB Scotland.  The cost of a standard inspection is £150-£195.  Larger and more complex buildings will be more.

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A not for profit scheme trialling a membership service based approach
to proactive maintenance within the City of Stirling