Details announced for Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

The line-up for the eighth Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival has been announced with all the organisers and presenters donating their time to celebrate Edinburgh’s traditional buildings.

Normally part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this year’s Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival will take place online, due to the current COVID-19 crisis.

As the event sold out last year, the forum is excited by the opportunity to open its ‘doors’ to many more in this virtual capacity.

The lead organiser of this year’s event is Tyler C. Lott, Scotland officer for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, who said: “I am delighted to be involved once again in delivering the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival. It has been a pleasure to work with such a talented group of professionals to organise and produce another amazing event that brings helpful advice and solutions for our built environment.

“This year, we are bringing forth a wide range of topics that will provide something for everyone interested in the built environment – whether they’re a practitioner, a building owner, or a traditional building enthusiast.”

Schedule for the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival: 

24 August – 11:00am

  • Festival opening remarks by Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning
  • Granville Place, Stockbridge – Una Richards of Scottish Historic Building Trust

24 August – 14:00pm

  • Energy efficiency improvements to traditional buildings – Jessica Hunniset, SPAB Scotland guardian, SPAB Lethaby scholar, and district surveyor for properties in Care in the west central region of Scotland for Historic Environment Scotland

25 August – 11:00am 

  • The Building stones of Edinburgh – Martin Gillespie, team lead of building stones for the British Geological Survey

25 August – 14:00pm

  • Lime Mortar – Scottish Lime Centre Trust 

 26 August – 11:00am 

  • Traditional Stonemasonry – Andy Bradley, SPAB fellow and stonemason joined by architect SPAB Lethaby scholar Martin Haddlington

26 August – 14:00pm

  • Newhailes Estate, Musselburgh – Emma Rose Berry, LDN Architects

27 August – 11:00am 

  • Roof Leadwork – Steve McLennan of the NFRC

27 August – 14:00pm 

  • Roof slating and tiling – Graeme Millar of the NFRC

28 August – 11:00am

  • Timber and sash & case windows – Oliver Beatson, SPAB fellow and joiner for Historic Environment Scotland and James Innerdale, SPAB Lethaby scholar and architect

28 August – 14:00pm

  • Property repair seminar – Jo Parry-Geddes, Jackie Timmons, James Innerdale and others 

Attendance is free, but booking is required and can be done by clicking here.