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Work gets underway on £8.9m Stirling building conservation centre

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April 21 2015

Work gets underway on £8.9m Stirling building conservation centre
Historic Scotland has begun work on an £8.9m building conservation centre in Stirling, housed within a former engine shed, following the appointment of Esh Border Construction.

The disused building will be transformed into an education and conservation hub to improve the upkeep and repair of historic buildings whilst training craftsmen in the use of traditional materials.

This will help bridge a skills gap in the sector where there is estimated to be a shortage of 5,000 traditionally skilled workers.

David Mitchell, director of conservation at Historic Scotland, said: “The Engine Shed is set to become a leading hub for building conservation on both a national and international level. Our aspiration is to create a place that anyone with an interest in traditional buildings, skills and materials will be able to enjoy. Our cutting edge science and digital documentation work will mix with centuries old skills, demonstrating that both have a role to play in the future.

“A wide range of education and training will be offered from a new postgraduate level qualification in technical conservation to activities for the next generation of conservation enthusiasts.”

The project will be one of the first to be delivered by Historic Environment Scotland, following the merger of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments Scotland. Completion is expected by summer 2016.

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