“A key aim is to get kids ex­cited about her­itage

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to raise aware­ness of tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als and skills and get kids ex­cited about our great build­ing her­itage. It’s a real cul­tural, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal as­set.

“We had 15,000 vis­i­tors in year one,” says David. The essence of this project is to practise what they preach. “We built two large ex­ten­sions on the shed which are very mod­ern but use tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als – wood, zinc and glass,” con­tin­ues David. “Heat comes from four bore­holes 100m (328ft) deep un­der the build­ing.

“We’ve used re­cy­cled gym floor­ing and wood from an old byre, wind­blown tim­ber for our re­cep­tion desk, sheep’s wool and wood waste for in­su­la­tion and clay plas­ter on the walls. It’s a won­der­ful en­vi­ron­ment.”

The En­gine Shed has drawn in­ter­est from as far afield as China and Aus­tralia. For cen­turies, Scot­land has led the way in in­no­va­tion, de­sign and con­struc­tion. Now it’s a front-run­ner in restora­tion and tra­di­tional con­struc­tion. www.en­gi­neshed.scot

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