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Our projects

Read about some of the projects the Designations Team is carrying out.

1 Overview

Along with our day-to-day work assessing proposals, we’re also working on several exciting projects.

2 Dual designation project

In the past, some sites have been ‘dual designated’ – both scheduled as monuments of national importance and listed as buildings of special architectural or historic interest. This often leads to confusion about management of such sites.

We’re working on a nationwide project to review all of Scotland’s 750 dual-designated sites. Removing dual designation will help to provide clarity on the best approach to managing sites in the future.

By the end of the process, most of these sites will either be scheduled monuments or listed buildings. Some may have their designations removed completely.

By 1 October 2016, we hope to have reviewed around 500 dual-designated sites. We aim to complete our review by 2018.

3 Commemorating Scotland’s role in the First World War

We will shortly be beginning a project to assess existing designated and undesignated First World War sites in Scotland and we expect to complete this project in 2018.

We’ve completed a review of drill halls as part of our marking of the centenary of the First World War. Between 1890 and 1910, Scotland’s Territorial Army built drill halls across Scotland. During the war, these provided a link between communities and the soldiers. We assessed around 100 drill halls as part of the project. We’ll be publishing a free booklet about the project in 2017.

We’ve also created the Commemorating the First World War website to promote awareness of Scotland’s contribution to the war.

We’re working with several organisations as part of our war commemorations, including:

  • the Council for British Archaeology, on its Home Front Legacy project
  • Scottish Borders Council, Archaeology Scotland and others to record and conserve the Stobs Camp training site and holding camp near Hawick

4 Dictionary of Scottish Architects

Coverage of the Dictionary

The Dictionary of Scottish Architects now covers the period 1600-1980 with full biographical details and comprehensive job lists for many architects, architectural practices and public sector architects’ departments. Some records particularly those for architects who practised after 1940 when the profession expanded exponentially remain as outlines only but the process of filling these out continues. Users of the Dictionary continue to provide useful information while the increasing availability of online resources are proving invaluable in enhancing the records. 

Spotlight on Architects series

A series of short introductory essays on the diverse and fascinating work of a selection of Scotland’s talented local architects and architects’ departments are being published online over the coming months. Through short well-illustrated essays we are drawing attention to a number of individuals in the database who have received little attention so far in standard published texts.

Three essays have been published so far:

John Wittet 1868-1952 [PDF, 1.68MB]

Gavin McConnell 1923-2014 [PDF, 928KB]

J & J A Carrick and Interwar Ayr [PDF, 488KB]

5 Our Publications

You can find our free and retail publications online.

We also publish all of our designation decisions and you can find these on our heritage portal, along with our designation map and text searches.

6 Garden Inventory Refresh

We are working on a nationwide project to review a number of gardens and designed landscapes where we felt a fresh assessment was especially merited.

The review process allows us to revisit sites that were originally designated up to 30 years ago and to look afresh at their relative importance within a national context. The outcome for many is the removal of the designation. For gardens and designed landscapes that continue to meet the criteria, we update and amend the Inventory records.

We have completed the first phase of the project and we are now focusing on a selection of sites that were originally added to the Inventory for their horticultural importance.

By July 2017, we will have reviewed a total of 33 gardens and designed landscapes.

7 Contact

Please phone us on 0131 668 8716 or email us at for more information about any of our projects.

You can also write to us at:

Designations Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place