Architects to speak at Heritage conference

Paul Higson of NESPT outside Haddo House, the venue for the Castles to Clock Towers conference on October 27
Paul Higson of NESPT outside Haddo House, the venue for the Castles to Clock Towers conference on October 27

A number of renowned Scottish architects and heritage professionals are speaking at a conference in Aberdeenshire on October 27.

The conference celebrates the creative re-use of the area’s built heritage.

Held during the Scottish Government’s theme Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the event is being organised by North East Scotland Preservation Trust (NESPT) and supported by a number of event partners.

Castles to Clock Towers is taking place at the National Trust for Scotland property, Haddo House, a magnificent example of a Scottish stately home and the site of The Virgin Mary, a painting which has recently been investigated by experts who have said it is probably by famouse Italian artist Raphael.

This exciting find provides an interesting backdrop to the conference, which features eight speakers discussing a range of topics and case studies, and sharing their knowledge and ideas on how projects can be funded, solutions found and challenges overcome.

The conference will be chaired by Andrew P. K. Wright OBE, an accredited conservation architect and architectural historian who will be giving a talk on ‘Understanding the Philosophy of Conservation’.

Renowned architect Richard Murphy OBE is talking about ‘Creative Options for the Reuse of Historic Buildings’.

Richard has previously been voted Scottish Architect of the Year and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours List 2007.

A number of established heritage professionals, including David Chouman, Ian Davidson, David Narro, Tom Duff, Paul Higson and David Walker are also providing expert testimony on a number of themes and case study projects; the Sail Loft at Portsoy, the Clock Tower at Stonehaven, and Fyvie Castle.

Paul Higson of North East Scotland Preservation Trust said: “The NESPT organised this conference to mark the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, and to highlight the many wonderful projects taking place in Aberdeenshire.

“We collaborate closely with a number of partners on each of our projects and this ensures the best outcomes possible.”

As well as the day conference, there are also a limited number of places available for a day of site visits on Friday, October 28 including tours of the Sail Loft, Boat Shed and Salmon Bothy in Portsoy, walking tours of the Banff conservation area and HLF funded works at the Haddo Country Park.

Visit for details or email to book.