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Fairydean Stadium Rated Amongst Gala's Best

5 December 2006

Important buildings in Galashiels, including Gala Fairydean stadium, now have legal protection following a resurvey of the area by Historic Scotland.

The Scottish Executive agency’s head of listing Dr Deborah Mays said: “Gala Fairydean stadium is a unique building.

"The way that the concrete has been used for visual effect is striking and shows how the architect Peter Womersley had injected imagination into the design of what had previously been a solely functional structure."

A team of Historic Scotland inspectors visited the town last year to record buildings of special architectural and historical interest.

They also reviewed those that were already covered by the statutory protection afforded by listed status.

Dr Mays, added: "Once a building is listed, consent is needed to make alterations. This ensures that any change is managed carefully and the character and setting of the building is preserved to be enjoyed by present and future generations.

"There is evidence that listing can add to the value of property and Historic Scotland is always happy to advise owners of listed buildings on the best way to care for their building.”

As well as the stadium, buildings added to the list include the Royal Bank of Scotland on Bank Street, Gala Park Burgh Primary School and Galafoot Railway Viaduct over the Tweed.

Notes to Editors
1. Listed buildings are divided into three categories:
  • A – Buildings of national or international importance - either architectural or historic – or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or type.
  • B – Buildings of regional or more than local importance, major examples of a particular period, style or type that may have been altered.
  • C(S) – Buildings of local importance, lesser examples of any period, style or type as originally constructed or altered. Simple traditional buildings that group well with other in categories A and B are part of a planned group as an estate or an estate or an industrial complex.

2. There are around 47,000 listed buildings in Scotland. Of these 7.5 per cent (3,670) are category A, 55 per cent (26,133) are category B and 38.5 per cent (17,424) are category C(s).

3. Historic Scotland comments on more than 2,500 applications for listed building consent (LBC) and conservation area consent (CAC) and is involved in over 1,758 pre-application consultations each year.

4. More than 10 per cent of A and B-listed buildings are altered each year. Historic Scotland receives LBC applications for category A and B alterations and this accounts for around 65 per cent of the total number of listed buildings, clear evidence that having your building listed does not stand in the way of development.

5. All buildings erected before 1840, the character of which remains substantially intact, are likely to be included in the list. Later buildings are selected on the basis of their individual character and quality. Special regard is paid to:

- planned streets, villages or burghs
- works of well known architects
- buildings clearly associated with famous people or events
- major examples of buildings connected with social and industrial history and the development of communications
- distinctive regional variations in design and use of materials
- good examples within individual building types; and technological innovation.

6. The term “building” is defined broadly in the legislation and can include walls, fountains, sundials, statues, bridges, bandstands, milestones, post and telephone boxes.

7. The list is compiled by Historic Scotland on behalf of The Scottish Ministers. A dedicated team within Historic Scotland’s Inspectorate undertakes the compilation, administration and maintenance of the list.

8. The list is constantly under review and buildings can be added to the list by three main methods:

- By comprehensive re-survey of geographic areas
- By thematic study looking at one particular building type (e.g. hospitals)
- By individual proposals for buildings to be added to the lis

9. Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Executive charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment.  It is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

10. Historic Scotland will not normally list a building if there is a live planning application unless in exceptional circumstances.

For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk