New project to assess canalside buildings across Scotland


19 August 2013
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imports_CESC_0-oisz3mqe-100000_32263.jpg New project to assess canalside buildings across Scotland
Historic Scotland and Scottish Canals are to embark on a new project to evaluate the buildings along Scotland’s canals – eighty buildings will be assessed to see if they meet the criteria for listing. ...
Historic Scotland and Scottish Canals are to embark on a new project to evaluate the buildings along Scotland’s canals – eighty buildings will be assessed to see if they meet the criteria for listing. Scotland’s network of canals stretch 137 miles from coast to coast and the new project will also review around 40 listed buildings in Scottish Canals’ ownership along the Forth and Clyde and Union canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands.

The review of the listed buildings associated with the canals will also help to shape the implementation of Scottish Canals’ heritage strategy, which lays out the organisation’s 25-year vision to preserve the cultural and natural assets of the waterways through positive heritage management.

Elizabeth McCrone, Head of Listing and Designed Landscapes at Historic Scotland said: 'We are excited to announce this project with Scottish Canals.  Scotland’s canal heritage spans the centuries and an enormous variety of building types - from industrial to domestic such as Bona Lighthouse at Loch Ness, based on designs by the renowned engineer, Thomas Telford; Applecross Street Workshops, the oldest surviving canal related building in Scotland and the Union Inn on the Union Canal in Falkirk.  These are just a few of the 40 listed buildings owned by Scottish Canals along our waterways.

'At the end of the project we will have an in-depth understanding of the relative importance of Scottish Canals’ estate and the best of these canal buildings will be recognised through listing.  We hope to celebrate the results of our findings in a joint publication.'

The results of the project will be announced next year and details posted on the Historic Scotland website.

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