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22 June 2018

Stirling home to Scotland’s 'Best Building 2018’

The Engine Shed scoops three top industry awards in first year of opening.

Members of the Engine Shed team and Engine Shed architects and creators stand together smiling whilst holding up a RIAS Award for the Best Building
The Engine Shed scoops three top industry awards in first year of opening.
The Engine Shed in Stirling has been awarded three prestigious accolades in its first year of opening, it was announced this week.
As well as being named one of the best new buildings in Scotland at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) 2018, The Engine Shed was awarded ‘Best Building 2018’ and ‘Best Use of Stone’ at the Stirling Society of Architects Design Awards 2018.
The Engine Shed, run by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), is Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre, serving as a central hub for building and conservation professionals and the general public.
Development began in 2013 to revitalise and extend the original building, with the Engine Shed opening to the public in July 2017.
The RIAS Awards judges said:
“The judges were unanimous in their view that this was an outstanding project."
Dr David Mitchell, Director of Conservation at Historic Environment Scotland said:
“We are very pleased that the Engine Shed has been recognised as one of the best new buildings in Scotland.

The conservation centre was built using traditional materials in a contemporary way and sympathetically making the most of the original building.

The response from visitors and users of the building has been great and in its first year of operation has gained significant international profile for what the Scottish sector does in research and education around traditional buildings. One of our own architects designed the building and the project team worked very hard to deliver our aspirations.”
The Engine Shed is free to visit for members of the public from Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm.

About the Engine Shed

  • At the very forefront of conservation, the Engine Shed provides a central hub to engage the next generation with our historic environment and the value of protecting and preserving it, whilst helping to ensure a safe and sustainable future for our rich built heritage. 
  • The Engine Shed has received funding from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Scottish Government’s Young Scots Fund, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the difference made up by Historic Environment Scotland. 
  • The Engine Shed houses Historic Environment Scotland’s Technical Outreach and Education, Conservation Science, and Digital Documentation teams, strengthening the link between research, education, and technology to increase an understanding of buildings and materials. 

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