An innovative course developed by Forth Valley College at Stirling and Historic Scotland aims to up skill more people to help conserve Scotland’s built heritage.
The course is for students interested in studying for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Architectural Conservation and is designed to equip them with the knowledge, and specialist skills needed to help secure the long term future of traditional buildings.
Traditionally constructed buildings are generally classified as those dating from before 1919. They make up approximately 20% of Scotland’s building stock.
“The provision and availability of appropriate skills and knowledge are fundamental to caring for the built environment effectively. Repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) accounts for approximately 46% of the construction industry output, of which one third relates directly to pre-1919 buildings,” said the College’s Head of Construction, Ian Morrison.
“This innovative partnership with Historic Scotland will ensure that the appropriate skilled workforce is being produced to support this.”
The course will prepare candidates for progression to ordinary and post graduate university degrees in specialisms such as building surveying, building control, building conservation and management with specific emphasis on conserving the built environment.
Charles Jones from Historic Scotland, who lecturers at the College Stirling Campus, says: “It is fantastic to be working alongside Forth Valley College in delivering this HND. Learners will have the opportunity to get real insights into the challenges that face our built heritage, climate change, the importance of skills and materials, energy efficiency and the increasing demand for professionals with a good understanding of traditionally built structures. This course will ultimately benefit the future of our heritage here in Scotland.”
Applications are now being accepted for the course which starts in September.