THE ENGINE SHED: SCOTLAND’S BUILDING CONSERVATION CENTRE APPLICATION
Historic Scotland is Scotland’s lead agency for the historic environment. Created through the redevelopment of a landmark disused historic building in Stirling, the Engine Shed will be a world-leading centre for technical building conservation. The purpose of the Engine Shed is to raise standards for traditional buildings, broaden awareness of the importance of traditional materials and skills and develop those skills to ensure a sustainable future for Scotland’s historic environment. It will be a unique national and international hub for technical conservation providing training and engagement opportunities on-site and also working in collaboration with and signposting the work of partners across the conservation sector. The Engine Shed will target a range of audiences from the general public to professionals within the sector in its attempts to raise awareness and standards across the industry.
Jura Consultants was commissioned to assist Historic Scotland in the development of an Activity Plan and Business Plan for a Round 2 submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund. A key element of this commission was working with Historic Scotland to deliver an extensive programme of consultation with internal and external stakeholder groups and the general public conducted through a combination of presentations, focus groups, workshops and surveys. This process not only informed audiences about the project but also enabled Historic Scotland and the project team to engage in a dialogue with the target audiences ensuring their views, needs and requirements were reflected in the ultimate scope, nature and activities of the Engine Shed. In November 2014 Historic Scotland was awarded £3.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the £8.9 million project. The Engine Shed officially opened to the public in June 2017.