Aberdeen CARS – Traditional Shopfront Repairs and Historic Significance

A one-day course looking at shopfront repairs and improvements.

Course instructors will be Dr Lindsay Lennie, Andrew Wright, Dr James Simpson and Prof David McClean.The course is organised and led by Dr Marc Ellington of the Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre.

This course is being run as a part of the Union Street Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and will be of interest to those working with historic shopfronts, such as Architects, Surveyors, joiners and shop owners.

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9am: the course will begin with tea, coffee and registration.

An introductory presentation concerning the history and evolution of shopfronts in Scotland. This initial presentation will also examine the resulting negative impact that badly designed and poorly maintained shopfronts, as well as inappropriate signage, can have on cities such as Aberdeen.

A walking tour, led by the course instructors, to examine a selection of shopfronts on Union Street. Delegates will conduct a detailed assessment and inspection of these shopfronts, their condition, design and signage.

12pm: return to the Town House for lunch.

12.45pm: discussion, led by the course instructors, concerning observations from the tour.

A return visit to the shopfronts which raised the greatest level of interest and/or concern during the post-lunch discussion.

Return to the Town House for tea and coffee.

Further discussion on the shopfronts seen, including discussion of proposed recommendations for improvements.

5pm: the course finishes.

Course instructors

Dr Lindsay Lennie is a shopfront specialist, having completed a PhD which looked at shops and shopfronts in Perth and Perthshire. She has led many guided tours of historic shopfronts, is an experienced lecturer and has written many articles, such as ‘Early Twentieth Century Shops’, which appeared in the Building Conservation Directory. Lindsay is also the author of Historic Environment Scotland’s Short Guide ‘Traditional Shopfronts’ and ‘Scotland’s Shops’, a book published on the subject by HES.

Andrew Wright OBE is a Conservation Architect, based in Forres. Having worked on many important buildings, including St Machar’s Cathedral and Aberdeen Art Gallery, his experience has led him to hold positions such as President of the RIAS (1995-1997), member of the Historic Scotland Advisory Committee, member of the Conservation Committee of the National Trust for Scotland (2007-2011) and Trustee of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust.

Dr James Simpson OBE is a Conservation Architect based in Edinburgh and co-founder of the firm of Simpson and Brown. He has sat on numerous committees and is currently a Vice-President of ICOMOS-UK, Chairman of the Buildings Limes Forum and a trustee of the Commonwealth Heritage Forum. He has contributed to many publications and was the commissioned author of the British Standard Guide to the Principles of the Conservation of Historic Buildings (BS 7913:1998).

Prof David McClean is the Head of RGU’s multidisciplinary Scott Sutherland School of Architecture. Having previously practiced as and Architect, David has a great interest in architectural education, which has led to his involvement with the RIBA in their professional validation process. David has also been a Director of Aberdeen City Heritage Trust.

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