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What are we working on now?

Garthamlock and Cranhill Water Towers

As well as our day to day work assessing listing and gardens proposals, and maintaining the Dictionary of Scottish Architects we also work on a number of other exciting projects throughout the year.

We’ve recently launched new publications

Dictionary of Scottish Architects – Spotlight on Architects series

A series of short introductory essays on the diverse and fascinating work of a selection of Scotland’s talented local architects.  The essays are available to download at or you can click below for the first in our series on the Elgin architect, John Wittet (1868-1952).

PDF icon John Wittet 1868-1952 [pdf, 2.5mb]

Scotland’s Sporting Buildings

In the year that Scotland plays host to the Commonwealth Games for the third time, this new book celebrates the diverse range and outstanding quality of historic purpose-built sporting architecture that exists across the country. Available to buy on Amazon.

Scotland’s Heritage: Architecture and Monuments postcards packs

A striking selection of images in twenty postcards celebrating some of Scotland’s most outstanding buildings and monuments. These publication showcase some of the most iconic buildings and monuments in the country and are available from all good bookshops. (Architecture: ISBN 978 1 84917 152 6; Monuments: ISBN 978 1 84917 153 3)

Scotland’s Signal Boxes

A new free booklet celebrating a fascinating part of our railway heritage. The booklet is available to download or you can view a digital edition and a small number of printed copies are available by emailing

PDF icon Signal Boxes [pdf, 3mb]

View the Digital Edition on Issuu

In 2014, the team is busy working on:

  • The completion of our nationwide review of canal buildings and the publication of a celebratory book about Scotland’s canal heritage. This will be ready for launch in early 2015.

  • The start of a major project with Scottish Court Service to review their courthouses across Scotland.

  • The review of buildings in the conservations areas of Ardersier, Highland and Pitfodels, Aberdeen.

  • Adding pre-1840 architects to the Dictionary of Scottish Architects.

  • Continuing to review buildings which are both scheduled monuments and listed buildings. Some buildings have both designations and we are working to remove this overlap through a 3-year programme.

We continue to look for ways to make our information more accessible.

In 2014, we will publish a revised edition of our publication Scotland’s Listed Buildings to ensure that it remains fit for purpose.

We have recently begun issuing an ‘assessment against the listing criteria’ for listing consultations. These assessments provide more clarity and transparency about our decision making and will be used to inform the new ‘listed building record’ which will be launched towards the end of 2014. The new records will have a more eye-catching design and have the facility to include photographs and a general location map.

For the latest news on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes please visit our Gardens Projects page.

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Dictionary of Scottish Architects

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Listing and Designed Landscapes
Historic Scotland
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