Union Street CARS – Built Heritage Conservation & Community Engagement Workshop

– 6.30pm, May 20th, 2019 at the Music Hall, Aberdeen –

– Admission Free –

Tickets via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/built-heritage-conservation-community-engagement-workshop-tickets-61043586009

Union Street CARS invites you to attend an introduction to building conservation and regeneration, with lectures from a selection of highly experienced conservation professionals.

This major event will provide those attending with an introduction to, and an increased understanding of, the requirements necessary to achieve a more secure, sustainable and beneficial future for Buildings of Historic and Architectural Importance – Including those within the Union Street CARS Area.  Many of these require conservation, repair and other work necessary in order to maximise their contribution to improving, enhancing and increasing the benefits provided by one of Scotland’s finest and most important Urban Conservation Areas.  

Those providing Presentations are all highly knowledgeable, skilled and experienced authorities on various aspects of the subjects being addressed by the Workshop, and include:

  • Marcus Binney CBE: The Founder of Save Britain’s Heritage, which is one of the UK’s most important and productive Conservation Organisations, Marcus has been the driving force behind a huge number of highly successful Conservation and Regeneration projects in Britain, throughout Europe, and beyond – as outlined in the recently published book, ‘Big Saves’. Given his achievements, and contribution to creating a secure, beneficial and sustainable future for a wide range of major Historic Buildings, Monuments and Sites, many of which were facing demolition, it would be fair to say that Marcus is the single most important figure in Building Conservation and Regeneration activity in Britain during the past 40 years.
  • Dr. James Simpson OBE: One of Scotland’s leading Conservation Architects, and a Board Member of number of major Conservation Organisations, including, amongst others: The Edinburgh World Heritage Trust; The Royal Commission on Historic Buildings and Monuments and The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust. James is also the author of numerous publications, including: ‘The Care and Conservation of Ancient Monuments and Buildings’ and ‘A Maintenance Manual for New Town Edinburgh’.
  • Craig Wilson: A highly knowledgeable and experienced Academic, Craig is a university lecturer on subjects ranging from: Building Surveying, Building Pathology and Conservation through to the History of Architecture and Heritage Management. Craig’s contribution to a number of major Conservation Projects, as well as his other achievements, have not gone unnoticed by the media – including appearances on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Line’, and a range of BBC Regional Radio features, as well as Channel 4’s programme ‘Demolition’.
  • Paul Higson: The Project Manager of the North East Scotland Preservation Trust, Paul has developed, led and managed a number of successful Built Heritage Conservation Projects throughout the North East of Scotland. These include, amongst others: the restoration of 2 Georgian Townhouses in the Old Castlegate, Banff; and the recent £2 million Project to conserve the previously derelict Sail Loft Buildings at the Back Green, Portsoy, and convert them into Bunkhouse accommodation. Paul, who was previously Project Coordinator for the Eastern Cairngorms Access Project and the Ballater Railway Carriage Project, has also carried out work for the National Trust for Scotland.
  • Professor David McClean: The Head of the Robert Gordon University’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Heritage, David leads a multidisciplinary school addressing a number of subjects, skills and disciplines relating to the Built Environment. These include, amongst others: Architecture; Architectural Technology; Surveying; and Construction Project Management. He is also involved in Architectural Education on a national scale, principally through his work with the Royal Incorporation of British Architects – which also includes their validation process on 4 continents. A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, David possesses an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the requirements necessary in order to successfully deliver Built Heritage Conservation and Regeneration Projects – including those within an Urban Environment.
  • Dr. Marc Ellington DL: The Executive Director of the Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre, Marc has led and contributed to a wide range of highly successful Building Conservation Projects throughout the UK and beyond. He has also served on the Boards of a number of major Conservation Organisations, including: Historic Scotland; The Heritage Lottery Fund; The Historic Buildings Council; The British Heritage Commission; The Council of the National Trust for Scotland; and The UK Historic Houses Association – as the HAA’s Principle Representative in Scotland. In recognition of his Conservation achievements, Marc, who is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland, has received 2 Saltire Awards, 4 Civic Trust Awards, and the European Heritage Conservation Award.
  • Zinnie Denby-Mann: The Interim Project Officer for the Union Street Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme, Zinnie, a Planning Officer with a background in Built Heritage Conservation, will provide an introduction to and background information concerning the Union Streets CARS Project; its aims, objectives and the work being carried out in order to achieve them. 

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