“A key aim is to get kids excited about heritage
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