Scotland News and Events

  • Traditional Skills Showcased in the Heart of Edinburgh

    by STBF | Jun 05, 2017

    Local school children

    The Scottish Traditional Building Forum organised a hugely successful traditional building skills demonstration in St Andrews Square Gardens, Edinburgh on 22 & 23 May 2017.
    The event featured local apprentices demonstration traditional building skills including stonemasonry, slate roofing, joinery and painting and decorating.
    The primary purpose of the event was to allow school children from Edinburgh and the surrounding areas to try the traditional building trades being demonstrated to help them in making their future career choices and encourage the next generation of tradepersons.


    Gordon Lindhurst MSP

    The event was also open to the public with several having a go at the trades and others asking for assistance and guidance on how to repair and maintain their homes.
    The roofing apprentices are studying at Edinburgh College and working for NFRC members Compass Roofing and Ronald G Graham Roofing & Building
    We were very pleased to welcome Andy Wightman MSP, Alison Johnstone MSP, Jeremy Balfour MSP, Liam Kerr MSP and Gordon Lindhurst MSP who all joined in and had a go at the skills being demonstrated and spoke at length with the apprentices demonstrating the skills.


    Alison Johnstone MSP

    The event was another collaborative event through the Scottish Traditional Building Forum with input from Architecture & Design Scotland, Developing the Young Workforce, National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Edinburgh College, Stone Federation GB, St Mary’s Cathedral Workshops, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Contractors Group and Construction Industry Training Board.
  • NFRC Scottish Roofing Contractor of the Year Awards

    by NFRC | Nov 01, 2016

    Finalists for this year’s NFRC Scottish Roofing Contractor of the Year Awards have been announced. The Awards are sponsored by the SIG Roofing, and will be hosted by TV Presenter Hazel Irvine on the 4th November at The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow.

    Roof Slating

    • Avonside Roofing—12 Hermitage Drive, Edinburgh
    • Wyvis Roofing Inverness—Loch Duich
    • Forster Roofing Services —South Lanark West Coats
    • Forster Roofing Services —McCarthy & Stone, Haddington

    Heritage Roofing

    • Greyfriars Roofing Services—Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh
    • Archd McCorquodale & Son—The Pipe Factory, Glasgow
    • B & D Roofing and Building—Langham

    Roof Tiling

    • Bain & Irvine—Sherbrooke, Cairn O'Mount
    • Avonside Roofing—Cala, South Queensferry
    • Marley Contract Services—Dundas Building
    • Forster Roofing Services—Scotia Cove

    Roof Sheeting

    • Procladd Scotland —Timmergreens Primary School
    • Weatherproofing Advisors Ltd—United Biscuits
    • Procladd Scotland —Levenmouth Academy
    • Curtis Moore (Cladding Systems) Ltd—Wick Community Centre

    Fully Supported Metal Roofing

    • B & D Roofing and Building—’AMA Slateford
    • Greyfriars Roofing Services—Old Pitgober Cottage
    • Procladd (Scotland) —Weymss Bay Railway Station

    External Cladding/Rainscreen

    • Procladd Scotland —Sheraton Grand, Edinburgh
    • Procladd Scotland —Edinburgh Airport

    Reinforced Bituminous Membrane

    • George Bolly & Co (Roofing) — Pentagon Centre, Phase 2
    • Procladd Scotland —Holyrood Student Residences
    • Wyvis Roofing Inverness—Royal Academy
    • Briggs Amasco —Edinburgh Airport

    Single Ply

    • B & D Roofing and Building—AMA Cramond
    • H L S McConnell — Kirkliston Primary School
    • W G Walker & Co (Ayr) Ltd—Irvine Leisure Centre
    • B & D Roofing and Building—AMA Slateford

    Liquid Applied Waterproofing

    • Briggs Amasco—Capitol Aberdeen
    • Skyform Scotland—Dandara

    Green Roof

    • Briggs Amasco —Kingsbarns
    • Procladd Scotland —Crieff Primary School


    • Forster Roofing Services —Barratt Newcraighall
    • Forster Roofing—Barratt Aberdeen
    • Avonside Roofing—Barratt
    • W G Walker & Co (Ayr) Ltd—Irvine Leisure Centre

    Services to the Community

    • Bain & Irvine Ltd
    • Rooftec (Scotland)

    by Laura | Jun 15, 2016


    The Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum is proud to present this year’s line-up for the Traditional Building Festival, coming this August, as part of the official Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

    Over the course of five days, 23rd-27th August, members of the Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum will be holding talks, live demonstrations and guided walks around Edinburgh, which will be culminating on Saturday with a family fun day at Craigmillar Castle.

    The event, now entering its fifth year, celebrates Edinburgh’s traditional buildings as well as the materials and the vital skills needed to maintain them for future generations.

    The continued success of the festival comes from support of the numerous organisations and trade bodies that make up the forum, and for this and other events hosted, participate entirely on a voluntary basis. This year’s festival is truly a collaborative event with sponsorship from CITB, Stone Federation GB, and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and supported by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), Edinburgh College, Edinburgh World Heritage, Architecture and Design Scotland, Charles Laing Foundry, Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Nevin of Edinburgh, Robin Abbey Sign Writers, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Historic Environment Scotland and the British Geological Survey.

    The festival follows a series of successful events such as the Traditional Building Skills and Materials display which saw school children, members of the public and a number of MSPs have a go at traditional skills, such as slate cutting.

    Traditional Building Skills and Materials Event held in Edinburgh on June 6-7th

    Gordon MacDonald, Scottish National Party MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, who said of his visit, “The recent Traditional Building Skills and Materials event held at St Andrews Square Gardens, highlights the many and varied apprenticeships available to youngsters wanting to embark in a career in construction. These highly skilled jobs are in much demand as a large proportion of our public buildings were constructed of traditional materials and it is essential that these trades are kept alive if we wish to preserve these buildings for future generations.”

    It was also attended by Liam Kerr MSP, the Scottish Conservative spokesman on Jobs, Employability and Training, said: “This type of event is a great opportunity for young people to find out more about potential career options in future years.

    “There are apprenticeships available and courses in stone-masonry, roof slating, plastering and painting and decorating (remove joinery) that can provide great opportunities for employment.We need to make sure that we have a workforce trained in traditional building skills to maintain and repair the historic buildings that are a crucial part of this country’s heritage.

    “You only have to look around you in Dundee, Aberdeen or many of the towns around Angus and Aberdeenshire at the number of beautiful historic buildings. All of these properties need to be protected and maintained and that work requires skilled tradespersons.”

    Liam Kerr MSP - Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

    Through this, and other activities throughout the year, the forum aims to raise the profile of specific issues relating to traditional buildings and building practices.

    Organisations and companies interested in knowing more about the forum, the festival line-up and future events are encouraged to visit

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