An illustration how the Engine Shed will look like when finished

An exciting project is well underway in Stirling’s Forthside area. A disused former military railway building, between the train station and the River Forth, is being transformed into a world-leading building conservation hub, the Engine Shed.

The last piece in the funding jigsaw for the £8.9 million Engine Shed project was a £3.8 million grant awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The completion of this funding package allowed work to begin on site in Stirling just last year.

HLF’s Chair, Sir Peter Luff was recently welcomed to the project by our Chair, Jane Ryder and members of our Conservation team. As well as having the opportunity to see first-hand the exciting progress as the building takes shape, they also had the chance to discover more about what the Engine Shed will offer when it opens its doors later this year.

 Sir Peter Luff, Chair of National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund and Jane Ryder, Chair Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

Sir Peter Luff and Jane Ryder inside the Engine Shed

When complete, the Engine Shed aims to encourage people to engage with and explore the rich built heritage and traditional skills that helped create it through a range of activities from hands-on workshops, to events, exhibitions and seminars.

Did you know that there are around 450,000 traditionally-constructed buildings throughout Scotland, many of which are still in use today as offices and private homes? Our built heritage is an important and unique part of our wider historic environment.

A visual of visitors walking around the Engine Shed and trying out different activities

The Engine Shed will also see the bringing together of cutting-edge conservation science, digital documentation work and innovation practices with centuries-old skills and traditions.

We use a range of conservation techniques such as thermal imaging and 3D scanning as part of our conservation work. The Engine Shed will help to demonstrate the important role that these contemporary and traditional practices play in the future of building conservation.

The Engine Shed is due to open its doors later this year. You can find out more about it at


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Sophia Mirashrafi

Sophia is the Digital Project Officer for the Hill House, jointly employed by the National Trust for Scotland, and based at the Engine Shed in Stirling. She is interested in exploring how different technologies can be used tell new stories about the past.