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  • Designating part of the buildings at Glassford Waterworks, Strathaven

    We are proposing to designate part of the buildings of the Glassford Waterworks as a listed building . Glassford Waterworks, constructed in 1895, is a notable example of buildings associated with the provision of clean water in the late 19th century. The buildings survive largely in their original form and retain many of the features associated with their function as a water works. The wider setting has been partially altered but a number of ancillary features are retained,... More
    Opened 13 March 2024
  • Designating the former Mecca Cinema at 124 Balmore Road, Glasgow

    We are proposing to designate the former Mecca Cinema at 124 Balmore Road, Glasgow as a listed building . The Mecca Cinema, opened in 1933, is a rare survival of a 1930s cinema which retains its architecturally distinctive character to the main elevation. It is a notable example of the work of architect James McKissack, a foremost Scottish cinema designer of the earlier 20th century. The cinema is an architectural landmark in the streetscape and its wider setting... More
    Opened 7 March 2024
  • Designating Crawick Multiverse, Sanquhar

    We propose to designate Crawick Multiverse on the inventory of gardens and designed landscapes . Created from a former coal mine by the renowned cultural theorist and landscape designer, Charles Jencks (1936–2019), Crawick Multiverse is an outstanding example of early- 21 st century land art in Scotland. The design uses landforms, water features and stone arrangements on a grand scale to convey scientific, spiritual and cosmological themes. It evokes Scotland’s... More
    Opened 29 January 2024
  • Managing Change Underwater Heritage

    The Managing Change guidance series supports good decision-making and explains how to apply the policies in the Historic Environment Policy for Scotland (HEPS) and the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4). It will also help anyone interested in a decision on a specific topic to understand the decision-making process. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is seeking your views on the draft Managing Change guidance on Underwater Heritage. This... More
    Opened 9 January 2024
  • Designating Bell's Sports Centre, Perth

    We propose to designate Bell's Sports Centre as a listed building . Bell’s Sports Centre, opened in 1968, is one of Scotland’s earliest purpose-built, indoor sports centres. The domed sports hall has special architectural and historic interest as an exceptional surviving example of a new building type that developed in the second half of the 20th century. Designed to accommodate a range of sporting courts and community activities, the building reflects the increase in leisure time... More
    Opened 7 December 2023
  • Designating the former Cumbernauld Cottage Theatre

    We propose to designate the former Cumbernauld Cottage theatre as a listed building . Built in the 1700s as part of the Cumbernauld House estate, this row of cottages was adapted for use as a community theatre in 1962. The building has special architectural interest as an example of 18th century estate workers' cottages. It has historical interest for its pioneering role as a theatre within the developing identity of Cumbernauld New Town during its formative... More
    Opened 30 November 2023
  • Designating Livingston Skatepark

    We propose to designate Livingston 'Livi' Skatepark as a listed building . The skatepark is one of a handful of surviving skateparks from the late 1970s – early 1980s in the UK. It has architectural interest for its pioneering design and the innovative approach of its architect, Iain Urquhart. Retaining its public park setting, the skatepark is an important survival of public enterprise architecture by Livingston Development Corporation and has social... More
    Opened 21 November 2023
  • Outline Strategic Plan for Holyrood Park

    Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey on the Outline Strategic Plan for Holyrood Park. Gathering public views is important to help deliver a new future for the Park that reflects community aspirations, the needs of the City and the inherent value and sensitivity of Holyrood Park. The Draft Plan was prepared in 2022-2023 by Historic Environment Scotland (HES). It has been developed through engagement with a broad range of key stakeholders. HES would now... More
    Opened 26 September 2023
  • Designating Tollcross Fire Station, Edinburgh

    We are proposing to list Tollcross Fire Station in Edinburgh – a very striking example of a Postmodern building that takes elements of traditional Scottish architecture, such as the drum tower, oriel windows, and cupolas, and reinterprets them in a playful way. The building opened in 1986 and was designed by the Department of Architectural Services at Lothian Regional Council to replace the previous the Central Fire Station in Lauriston Place, built in 1898 (listed category A,... More
    Opened 12 September 2023
  • Visitor Feedback Survey 2023-2024

    We hope you enjoyed your recent visit to one of our attractions. We would love to hear your feedback about your visitor experience. Results from this survey will be used to produce reports that will help us to understand the extent to which we are 'getting it right' for our wide range of visitors. If you would like to leave any comments, please do so in the boxes provided throughout the form. As this survey is anonymous we do not have any way to respond directly to individuals, so... More
    Opened 26 July 2023
  • Designating the Piper Alpha Memorial and Memorial Garden, Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen

    The Piper Alpha Memorial commemorates the 167 men killed in the Piper Alpha Disaster of 1988 – the world's worst offshore oil and gas disaster. It was produced by the artist Sue Jane Taylor following a commission by the Memorial Committee. The memorial was unveiled in 1991 as the centrepiece of a large formal rose garden in Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen. The garden was designed by the former Director of Parks, David Welch, and was selected as a dedicated memorial... More
    Opened 25 July 2023
  • Historic environment employers skills survey

    The sector is facing increasing challenges in regards to accessing skills provision. As an employer or organisation in the heritage sector, we want your views on the skills and workforce challenges your organisation is facing, and the solutions your organisation needs. The Skills Investment Plan for the Historic Environment (SIP) was developed and published in 2019 by Historic Environment Scotland and Skills Development Scotland after consultation with the... More
    Opened 1 June 2023
  • Designating the remnant of the Gulliver Sculpture, Edinburgh

    The left foot of the Gulliver Sculpture is among the last remains of an enormous concrete human figure play sculpture, conceived and completed between 1976 and 1978 for the Craigmillar Festival Society. Gulliver was largely demolished in 2011. We are proposing to list the surviving remnant of the Gulliver Sculpture in Hunter's Hall Park, Edinburgh, at Category C to recognise its special interest as an important example of community-led public art in... More
    Opened 20 April 2023
  • Share your views on Livi Skatepark - Online survey

    West Lothian Council has asked us to designate Livingston skatepark as a listed building . Listing the site would not prevent it being used as a skatepark. It would ensure that its importance is taken into account in future decisions about its management. To help inform our assessment, we are gathering comments and information from people who know and use the skatepark, and/or have a view on its design, history and significance. The skatepark was... More
    Opened 11 April 2023
  • Induction Event 2023

    At Historic Environment Scotland we are continually trying to improve all aspects of training and development. As part of this process we need your feedback. This questionnaire should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. More
    Opened 29 March 2023
  • North Induction Event 2023

    At Historic Environment Scotland we are continually trying to improve all aspects of training and development. As part of this process we need your feedback. This questionnaire should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. More
    Opened 29 March 2023
  • Gaelic Language Plan 2023-2026 Consultation

    Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is seeking your views on our draft Gaelic Language Plan 2023-2026 (please find as an attachment at the bottom of this page). A Gaelic language version of this consultation is available . Our plan sets out how we intend to increase the use, learning and promotion of Gaelic through the work of our organisation and those that we support and work in partnership with. As a public body we are required under ... More
    Opened 8 March 2023
  • Co-chomhairleachadh Plana Gàidhlig 2023-2026

    F oir-shealladh Tha Àrainneachd Eachdraidheil Alba (ÀEA) a’ sireadh ur beachdan air ar dreach Plana Gàidhlig 2023-2026 (faic an sgrìobhainn aig bonn an duilleag seo). Tha an co-chomhairleachadh seo cuideachd anns a' Bheurla . Tha am plana a mìneachadh mar a tha sinn an dùil cleachdadh, ionnsachadh agus adhartachadh na Gàidhlig a mheudachadh tro obair ÀEA agus iadsan leis a bheil sinn ag obair ann an com-pàirteachas agus a’ toirt taic. ... More
    Opened 8 March 2023
  • Designating Stobs Camp

    We are proposing to designate Stobs Camp as a scheduled monument , an expansive archaeological site that makes a significant contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the military heritage of Scotland, and its contribution to the history of the British war effort – particularly in the First World War. Stobs Camp is most well-known for the period when it operated as the main First World War prisoner of war camp in Scotland. We are also proposing to schedule several other... More
    Opened 9 February 2023
  • The Stonemasonry Sector in Scotland 2022

    We are conducting this survey to help us understand the size, shape and health of the stonemasonry sector in Scotland. This survey is the first in a series, and will provide data for us to better understand the sector and the skills we already have and will need in the future. Stonemasonry encompasses a range of different knowledge and skills related to the working, use, application, and repair of natural stone. Stonemasonry has a number of qualification pathways available within... More
    Opened 18 January 2023
  • Managing Change – Fire and historic buildings

    Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is looking for your views on draft guidance on fire and historic buildings. This is an update and refresh to the current Managing Change guidance note called Fire Safety Management . The Fire and Historic Buildings guidance sets out the principles and specific issues that are relevant to fire and historic buildings. It looks at understanding your building and cultural significance, identifying risks, safety measures and responses... More
    Opened 19 December 2022
  • Our Regulatory Framework

    Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is looking for your views on our first Regulatory Framework. You can read the draft regulatory framework now. This document explains Historic Environment Scotland’s approach to our regulatory and advisory services in the planning and other consenting systems. More
    Opened 30 November 2022
  • Consultation for Scotland's new historic environment strategy

    We are consulting on a new strategy for Scotland's historic environment. Scotland’s first historic environment strategy, Our Place in Time was published in 2014 and much has changed for us all over the last eight years. In February 2022, Historic Environment Scotland was commissioned by Neil Gray, Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, to conduct a review of Scotland’s historic environment strategy. We were asked to work with stakeholders to... More
    Opened 28 November 2022
  • Reviewing the Inventory record for the Battle of Pinkie

    Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for compiling and maintaining the inventory of historic battlefields. You can read more about the inventory on our battlefield designations webpage . We are reviewing the inventory battlefield designation for the Battle of Pinkie (September 1547). The Battle of Pinkie was fought across the area of coastal plain now mainly agricultural land and the modern settlements of Musselburgh, Wallyford, Carberry and Whitecraig in East... More
    Opened 31 October 2022
  • HES Responsible Tourism Framework

    Scotland’s tourism sector has a key role to play in tackling the climate crisis and achieving net-zero while contributing significantly to the Scottish economy. There is growing recognition of the importance of responsible tourism and its benefits, that can be enjoyed by all without detriment to communities and the environment. In response, we, as the largest operator of paid-for visitor attractions in the country, have created a Responsible Tourism Framework to set out how our... More
    Opened 28 September 2022
  • Designating Ardbeg Distillery, Islay

    We are proposing to list Ardbeg Distillery on the island of Islay at Categories A and C. Ardbeg Distillery was registered as a legal commercial distillery in 1815 but was known to be in production from the late 18 th century - early historical whisky records indicate spirit was being illicitly produced at Ardbeg from 1798. Some of the buildings at the distillery date from 1815 with later 19th century additions and expansion. The distillery is remarkable for... More
    Opened 27 September 2022
  • Northern Meeting Park Pavilion, Inverness– change to listing category

    We are proposing to change the category of listing of the sporting pavilion and boundary walls at the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness from B to A. The Northern Meeting Park was purchased in 1864 to provide a permanent home for the Inverness Highland Games and the current pavilion was built in 1865. It is thought to be the world’s first purpose-built Highland Games stadium. We have launched this public consultation to gather views on the proposed change of listing category of... More
    Opened 23 September 2022
  • Designating Eastriggs, a First World War cordite factory near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

    We are proposing to designate parts of the Eastriggs First World War cordite factory as a scheduled monument and as a listed building . These make a significant contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the war effort during the First World War, specifically as a nationally significant munitions factory that produced the propellant cordite in vast quantities. We have launched this public consultation to... More
    Opened 22 September 2022
  • Battlefields: Planning Best Practice - feedback on a report by Lichfields UK

    Updated on 3 November: Following a request from consultees, we have extended the consultation for 14 days. The consultation will now close on 17 November. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is seeking views on recommendations made by Lichfields UK in a report about how the Inventory of Historic Battlefields is working within the Scottish planning system. The Inventory of historic battlefields was established in 2011. It is a list of nationally important battlefields in... More
    Opened 11 August 2022
  • The Archaeological Significance of land at Coldingham

    We have been asked to look at the area around St Michaels’ Knowe, Coldingham, for potential designation as a scheduled monument . The site is an archaeological feature that adds to our appreciation of the ecclesiastical history of Coldingham and the Scottish Borders, and contributions to our understanding of early medieval and medieval Scottish history We have launched this public consultation to gather views on this site. We are interested to find out if you have any... More
    Opened 9 August 2022
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