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Rediscovering historic St Andrews

5 December 2006

Historic Scotland inspectors are to visit the southern suburbs of St Andrews as part of a pilot study to identify the royal burgh’s important buildings and to review existing listings.

The team will visit locations in the southern suburbs, including the Hepburn Gardens conservation area, to ensure that the area has the appropriate statutory protection.

Head of Listing Dr Deborah Mays, said:

"St Andrews has a long and distinguished history as a cathedral, university and golfing town.

"This refresh of the listings will concentrate on the 19th and early 20th century development of St Andrews. A number of key local architects were responsible for much of the character of this part of the town.".

Buildings are listed as one of three categories that reflect their level of importance –  A, B and C(s) – and alterations that will affect the character of the structure require listed building consent before work can begin.

The inspectors are looking for buildings of special architectural and historic interest, so local residents familiar with the area could provide invaluable information.

Anyone with a particular interest in the architectural history of St Andrews or who wishes to find out more about the pilot study can contact the lists officer on 0131 668 8705/8701.

Following consultation with the local planning authority, Historic Scotland will then make a recommendation to The Scottish Ministers to include a building on the list if it meets the listing criteria.

Notes to Editors
  • Listed buildings are divided into three categories:
    • A - Building 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.


  • All buildings erected before 1840, the character of which remains substantially intact, may be eligible for inclusion 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.

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

  • 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. Administratively, the list is organised into Council areas and then in parishes, burghs or city wards.

  • 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 list.

  • The pilot study is concentrating on refreshing and rationalising the existing listings where necessary as well as assessing new additions to the list

  • Formal notification of listing falls to the local authority, however, where possible Historic Scotland will issue informal notification of listing, together with supporting material. Details of this can be found at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/ownersandoccupiers

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

For further information


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