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Historic Environment Scotland – Buildings at Risk Register Survey

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) wants to dig deep into the use and effectiveness of its Buildings at Risk Register (BARR).

The Buildings at Risk Register was established in 1990 in response to growing concern over vacant listed buildings and those in Conservation Areas that had fallen into disrepair. Since its inception, the BARR has provided information on buildings of architectural or historic merit in Scotland that are considered ‘at risk’. Identifying these buildings has helped find new owners who have saved many from continued decay and loss.

The historic environment faces many pressures. We continue to witness historic buildings falling into disrepair, becoming vacant with no identified new use; being damaged by fire; or threatened with demolition. These factors have prompted HES to act.

HES have commissioned Harlow Consulting, a leading research agency in the heritage sector, to undertake an extensive survey to help HES to understand who uses the Buildings at Risk Register, and the impact it is having. The survey seeks to engage individuals, organisations, communities, and professionals, who have an interest in the reuse of historic buildings at risk.

Your input matters! HES values your views and insights, which will help inform decisions about the Register. Together, we hope to determine the best approaches to addressing the numbers of buildings at risk in Scotland, so that we are reusing and saving as many as possible.