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12 February 2018

Historic Environment Scotland reveal plan to manage historic assets

A plan for the continued management, conservation and maintenance of over 600 buildings and monuments in Scotland has been launched by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

A photograph of a man in a yellow high visibility jacket and hard hat chiseling at stone on the top of a castle

The Asset Management Plan outlines the steps Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is taking to maintain not just the historic properties and structures in its care, but also the modern infrastructure such as car parks, visitor facing facilities, mechanical and electrical installations that are critical to its operations.

The Plan has four distinct objectives, linked through a prioritisation hierarchy which places conservation needs and visitor access requirements alongside statutory requirements and wider cultural impacts.

The objectives of the Plan are to:

  • Improve the condition of the assets and manage the infrastructure through conservation
  • Maintain a consistently high quality visitor experience
  • Understand and communicate the cultural significance of HES assets
  • Deliver wider economic, social and environmental benefits and opportunities through asset management in areas such as knowledge generation, community engagement, sustainability and innovation.
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The plan outlines how HES will improve the condition of the properties in care - inside and out.

To monitor their diverse assets, HES has adopted cutting edge technology coupled with regular condition assessments. Measures range from the introduction of the HES System for Integrated Geoscience Mapping (SIGMA) to capture the condition of monuments to the development of the Properties in Care Asset Management System (PiCAMS), which will provide a single live digital system to link, manage and access data from sites provided by a wide variety of surveys and tools.

The Rae survey project, which seeks to provide accurate special survey data of 336 of Scotland’s most important monuments, is on-going and serves to provide a foundation for further digital analysis.

A photograph of a man in an orange high visibility jacket looking at a laser scanner in front of a castle

3D laser scanning at Blackness Castle as part of the Rae Project to digitally document 336 of Scotland’s most important monuments.

Speaking at the Engine Shed, Scotland’s national conservation centre, at the launch of the Asset Management Plan, Jane Ryder, Chair of the Historic Environment Scotland Board, said: "Today marks a significant milestone for HES. I am pleased to unveil our first Asset Management Plan, as well as the accompanying Investment Plan.

"The plan provides a new strategic approach to how we manage our assets - over 300 properties including some of the country’s most iconic sites such as Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar and Maes Howe in Orkney, Edinburgh, Caerlaverock and Stirling Castles, to the magnificent Borders abbeys."

"This gives us a new framework for maintaining, protecting and enhancing access to all of our assets, and ensuing they survive and remain relevant for future generations."
A photograph of a woman speaking to an auditorium. The name on the presentation reads "Jane Ryder OBE"

HES Chair, Jane Ryder, launched the Asset Management Plan at the Engine Shed on Monday 12 February.

The Asset Management Plan has been produced alongside the Investment Plan and builds on Historic Environment Scotland’s successful Corporate Plan for 2015-2018, For All of Our Futures, and the Scottish Government’s priorities for economic development.

Download Asset Management Plan

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