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Buildings at Risk Register

Buildings at Risk Register (BARR) - 2011 data shows performance improving

HS have published new data from the Buildings at Risk Register (BARR) showing that the percentage of A-listed buildings at risk has decreased from 8.7% in 2009 to 8.2% in 2011.  
The Scotland Performs Technical Assessment Group have awarded a Performance Improving arrow for National Indicator 38 (% of A-list buildings on the BARR).  Vew Scotland Performs

What is the BARR?

The Buildings at Risk Register (BARR) for Scotland highlights properties of architectural or historic merit throughout the country that are considered to be at risk or under threat. To be at risk, a building does not necessarily need to be in poor condition, it may simply be standing empty with no clear future use. Many buildings at risk are in this later category.  The BARR was established in 1990 and is funded and managed by Historic Scotland.  The BARR can be consulted at

How is BARR data used?

Our historic environment provides a strong foundation in building a successful future for Scotland and the Scottish Government is committed to improving the  state of Scotland’s historic buildings, monuments and environment.  Our measure of success in Scotland Performs is to decrease the percentage of A-listed buildings on the BARR.  The BARR provides robust data to populate Scotland Performs; to support policy and decision making across the sector; and to target grant spending. Government can work together with local authorities, private individuals and voluntary sector organisations to improve these buildings to a standard that removes them from BARR, and where appropriate, identify future viable uses for them.

What data is available?

The Buildings at Risk Register National Report 2011 presents the findings from a rolling survey of Category A-listed buildings (buildings of national or international importance).  It describes the profile of A-listed buildings at risk across Scotland and looks at trends between 2009 and 2011. PDF icon  Download the report here [pdf, 189kb].

Who maintains the BARR?

Historic Scotland have appointed the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) to maintain the Buildings at Risk Register (BARR) in Scotland.  

As of 1 April 2011 RCAHMS will take over the contract to maintain the BARR from the Scottish Civic Trust, who have operated it since 1990.  RCAHMS and Historic Scotland look forward to building on the Scottish Civic Trust’s excellent work to maintain and develop the BARR over the last 20 years.

RCAHMS and Historic Scotland will work with local authorities and the wider built environment sector to ensure that the BARR continues to provide reliable data for all users, including informing Scotland Performs and initiatives aimed at helping to reduce the number of listed and historic buildings at risk in Scotland.  

How to contact the BARR team

The BARR website will remain in use with little change until further notice.