Europa Nostra Awards: European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage RICS Building Conservation Award
The school house has been saved from demolition and restored as a new home by the National Trust for Scotland’s Little Houses Scheme. Judges were impressed by the way the Trust minimised changes to the building wherever possible and used traditional materials and skills to carry out vital repairs during the £390,000 restoration project. The building is a Category A listed property and a rare example of 18th century vernacular mud wall construction. The partially collapsed building was carefully restored in a year long project using specialist craftspeople to reinstate the building’s historic character, whilst installing modern facilities.