Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival 2021

Edinburgh Traditional Building

ONCE AGAIN, the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival will be taking place this summer in an exciting hybrid form.

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Following its sell-out success last year, the Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum is again joining with the Festival Fringe to present an interesting and varied program of talks, virtual tours and demonstrations, Q&A’s – including a mini masterclass in roofing from the NFRC.

The Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival is focused on and celebrates Edinburgh’s traditional buildings – from the roof downwards.

Sell-Out Success

The event has seen spectacular growth over the years and each of the shows have been regularly sold out well before the start of the Festival Fringe.

However, last year, like the rest of the world, the global pandemic presented huge challenges to presenting a normally in-person event.  Mounting a steep learning curve, the Forum decided to continue virtually and received overwhelming support and encouragement for their efforts across the sector.

Edinburgh Traditional Building FestivalFollowing the success of last year’s event, the Festival working group has once again wholeheartedly embraced technology. Without the benefit of the usual in-person planning meetings, the group divided tasks equally and have created what is being welcomed as the most exciting program yet.

Dynamic Experience

The program incorporates virtual tours and demonstrations, advice and Q&As with unique insights into Edinburgh’s built heritage and its maintenance. Organisers are confident the program will provide a dynamic experience for all its global visitors, showing them how traditional building skills have created and continue to construct and maintain Edinburgh’s impressive built legacy.

Tyler Lott Johnston, Convener of the Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum, said “I am delighted to be delivering our ninth annual Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival this year.

“After 2020’s record-setting event, we are so thankful to be able to continue to deliver our goals of highlighting and advocating for the many traditional buildings throughout our great city and beyond.

“I want to express my personal thanks to all of the presenters who have donated their time, expertise, and resources to once again bring together an exciting event in what has undoubtedly been a challenging year for us all. Thanks to the digital engagement brought forth over the past year and a half, our message and our teachings have more significant, far-reaching opportunities than ever before.

“The weight of that responsibility is not lost on us and while we hope to resume in-person events next year, we will continue to embrace a hybrid model to ensure that our audiences across the world can tune in and experience the incredible opportunities that our industry has to offer.”

Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival Programme

Day 1 –  23 August 2021 – 11:00

  • Festival Opening Remarks by Alison Johnstone MSP, Presiding Officer

Followed by: Virtual Tour/Walk down Royal Mile by BEFS– EWHT

Stopping at key buildings and highlighting their importance and any sustainability work undertaken previously.

Day 2 -24 August 2021 – 11:00 

  • The Building Stones of Edinburgh– Paul Everett for the British Geological Survey

Provide a Virtual Tour of Calton Hill with a live Q&A session

Day 3  – 25 August 2021 – 11:00 

  • Traditional Stonemasonry– Andy Bradley SPAB Fellow will give a presentation with a live Q&A session

Day 3 – 25 August 2021 – 14:00

  • Timber and Sash & Case Windows – Alex from the Federation of Master Builders will give a virtual demonstration with a live Q&A session

Day 4 -26 August 2021 – 11:00 

  • Roof Leadwork – Steve McLennan of National Federation of Roofing Contractors will give a virtual demonstrations with a live Q&A session

Day 4 -26 August 2021 – 14:00 

  • Roof Slating and Tiling– Graeme Millar of National Federation of Roofing Contractors and current President of IFD will give a presentation with a live Q&A session

Day 5 -27 August 2021 – 11:00

  • The Importance the Placemaking for adaptive reuse – Tyler Lott Johnston of Grand Bequest presents on the opportunities to leverage technology as a tool to elevate and champion the voice of local people within adaptive reuse projects followed by a live Q&A Session

Day 5 -27 August 2021 – 14:00

  • How to maintain your home/building – Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and RICS will give a presentation on the importance of repair and maintenance of traditional homes and best practice in doing so which will be followed by a live Q&A.

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