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  • NFRC at the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

    by NFRC Scotland | Sep 05, 2018

     Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

    The NFRC was very pleased to be part of the 6th Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival which took place from 14-17 August at peak Edinburgh Festival Fringe time.

    The demonstrations and talks were all free-to-attend and took place just off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and Architecture & Design Scotland kindly donated their premises to host the shows and all the presenters donated their time and materials to promote traditional building skills and materials and to CITB who sponsored the event.

    Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

    The NFRC kicked off the Festival roof slating and roof leadwork demonstrations delivered by Scott Miller of Compass Roofing and Steve McLennan of Greyfriars Roofing Services. There was a particular focus on the skills and materials required to repair and maintain Scotland’s built heritage.

    An emphasis on the need for regular maintenance and the options for specifying slate in the World Heritage Site when replacing Scotch Slate.

    Both demonstrations were well attended with the audience posing some very testing questions which were answered with the expertise expect.

    Other presenters included experts from Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Lime Centre Trust, British Geological Survey Building Stones Team, University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University and others.

    We are very fortunate to have so many tradespersons and professionals who are prepared to donate their time to share their knowledge and expertise but equally, we are fortunate to have so many people who take time out of their busy schedules (especially during the Festival Fringe) to find out more about the built heritage they see every day.

    Lots of positive feedback on Twitter comments such as “terrific mix of hands-on demos, lectures, discussion and, well, Danish pastries. Looking at Edinburgh with fresh eyes now!” and “Good job guys for promoting this amazing topic!”

  • Inspiring Construction

    by NFRC Scotland | Jun 12, 2018
    Earlier this month two traditional building skills demonstrations took place in Scotland, one in Edinburgh the other in Falkirk both of which were supported by the NFRC Scottish Region. 
     
    The demos were attended to by local school children, members of the public and MSPs. Following the 'Inspiring Construction' events motions were raised in the Scottish Parliament showing their support.


     
    Inspiring Construction - Edinburgh

    That the Parliament welcomes the Inspiring Construction event in St Andrew Square Gardens, Edinburgh, on 4-5 June 2018; considers that it is widely reported that the construction industry has an aging workforce and projected skills shortages, therefore influential stakeholders across the supply chain came together to promote the industry and the many varied and desirable career paths that it can offer and the breadth of roles within construction to help young people make an informed choice about their future careers; notes that the event featured apprentices demonstrating traditional building skills, including masonry, slate roofing, joinery and painting and decorating; recognises that the event was a collaboration that included the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Edinburgh College, Fife Council, Stone Federation Great Britain, Historic Environment Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland, Scottish Contractors Group, Developing the Young Workforce Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian, Essential Edinburgh, Built Environment Forum Scotland and CITB Scotland; notes that the primary purpose of the event was to allow Edinburgh pupils from across the city to try the traditional building trades being demonstrated by local apprentices but was also open to members of the public for advice, with the aim of highlighting the importance of traditional building skills in the construction sector, and welcomes the ongoing work of all partner agencies to draw attention to the necessity for traditional building skills and, in turn, help to create a hi-tech, world-class industry with outstanding career prospects, helping companies to skill-proof their businesses, invest in skills and plan for the future.

    Supported by: Miles Briggs, Liz Smith, Michelle Ballantyne, Gordon Lindhurst, Alison Harris, Tom Mason, Bill Kidd, Liam Kerr, Ben Macpherson, Margaret Mitchell


    That the Parliament welcomes the Inspiring Construction event in St Andrew Square Gardens, Edinburgh, on 4-5 June 2018; considers that it is widely reported that the construction industry has an aging workforce and projected skills shortages, therefore influential stakeholders across the supply chain came together to promote the industry and the many varied and desirable career paths that it can offer and the breadth of roles within construction to help young people make an informed choice about their future careers; notes that the event featured apprentices demonstrating traditional building skills, including masonry, slate roofing, joinery and painting and decorating; recognises that the event was a collaboration that included the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Edinburgh College, Fife Council, Stone Federation Great Britain, Historic Environment Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland, Scottish Contractors Group, Developing the Young Workforce Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian, Essential Edinburgh, Built Environment Forum Scotland and CITB Scotland; notes that the primary purpose of the event was to allow Edinburgh pupils from across the city to try the traditional building trades being demonstrated by local apprentices but was also open to members of the public for advice, with the aim of highlighting the importance of traditional building skills in the construction sector, and welcomes the ongoing work of all partner agencies to draw attention to the necessity for traditional building skills and, in turn, help to create a hi-tech, world-class industry with outstanding career prospects, helping companies to skill-proof their businesses, invest in skills and plan for the future.

    Supported by: Miles Briggs, Liz Smith, Michelle Ballantyne, Gordon Lindhurst, Alison Harris, Tom Mason, Bill Kidd, Liam Kerr, Ben Macpherson, Margaret Mitchell

  • Traditional Skills Demostration at Bell Baxter High School

    by NFRC Scotland | Dec 14, 2017

    Bell Baxter High School (4) 

    The NFRC was involved in the Fife and Tayside Traditional Building Forum collaboration with Bell Baxter High School, Cupar to deliver a traditional building skill demonstration in the school on 7 December 2017.

     
    Building on the success of the traditional building skills events held throughout the year, the forum and Bell Baxter High School brought a similar event to a school for the first time.
     
    School children and teachers were able to have a go at the traditional building skills being demonstrated by local tradespersons with Braisby Roofing, representing the NFRC, giving the school pupils the chance to dress and fix slates.
    They were also given the opportunity to dress a slate into the shape of a coaster and take away.
     
    The event was organised to raise the profile of the career available in the traditional building sector.
     
    The event was attended by Stephen Gethins MP, as well as several local councillors. The elected members kindly came down to talk with those giving the demonstrations and try their hand at the trades.


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