Traditional Building Skills Assessed in Dumfries and Galloway

INTERESTED CONTRACTORS are being invited to engage in a Traditional Building Skills Audit, being performed by Savills Architects and Building Surveyors on behalf of Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The council wishes to gain an understanding of traditional building skills in the region and to help businesses to develop them.

A substantial number of houses in Dumfries and Galloway are traditionally constructed, with many dating from the 19th Century. Around 20% of housing stock is estimated to fall into this category, including historic towns and villages, farm complexes, churches and other historic houses which are traditionally built.

Lead Detailing

Traditional building methods require a range of skills with masonry, joinery and roofing being key trades the council is interested in. In particular, lead detailing skills are believed to be in short supply locally, as well as lime masonry and the accurate replication of mouldings in joinery.

Contractors are being asked to complete a short questionnaire about the roofing, masonry, and joinery skills they possess, to contribute to the D&G Traditional Building Skills Audit. It is hoped that the audit will provide the basis for skills training to help businesses expand their offer.

The council is also considering developing Traditional Building Skills Accreditation which could boost contractors winning work as well as improving the maintenance of the region’s traditional buildings.

To take part, contractors can contact Savills Dumfries Team by email or telephone 01387 263066.

Traditional Building Skills

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Katie Hagmann said: “The local construction sector has a great opportunity to help shape the future of the industry and we would urge as many people as possible to contribute to this study. The results will help us to ensure future support is provided in the best way possible.”

Michael Leybourne, an architect with Savills in Dumfries added, “The skills of properly trained operatives are critical in preserving and maintaining the many historic buildings in the region.”

This work is being funded by Historic Environment Scotland and DGC as part of the Stranraer and Dumfries Conservation Area Regeneration Schemes.


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