Building Conservation Journal October–November 2017

Hannah Ramsden

Editor (RICS)

Variety is the spice of life, as they say – and in the world of conservation this is no different, with new projects beginning all the time.


So I am pleased to start this issue of the Building Conservation Journal by introducing the Engine Shed Project, which has recently opened in Stirling. David Mitchell, Director of Conservation at Historic Environment Scotland, details how the project got under way around 10 years ago and how, as skills and technology have improved, they have enabled greater inclusivity. The centre has been designed as a collaborative working space for graduates, researchers and members of the public alike – and has got off to an excellent start, with 1,000 visitors in its first week.

Thinking back over the longer term, we’re all aware of listed buildings, a scheme that has run now for 70 years. But what is the process for listing? Debbie Mays from Historic England discusses the legislation and the lists themselves, as well as explaining how long an average assessment takes and the way that different parts of the UK deal with the process.

Peter Carey goes on to continue his case study of Bristol Old Vic Theatre's restoration (see the first part in Building Conservation Journal, March/April 2017), highlighting the conservation management plan updates as well as providing detailed cross-sections of work by architect Peter Moro from the 1960s.

This issue also includes the first materials information sheet: following the previous edition’s introduction to the series, Craig Kennedy and K. Robin Murdoch outline how window glass is made, is used and degrades. We hope that by detailing such material properties on a single page, this new series will help conservation students and professionals alike. If you have any ideas for materials to cover – or indeed any other topic – please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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