Programme unveiled for ninth Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

THE programme for this year’s Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival has been released, with organisers focusing heavily on COP26 and the sustainability of traditional buildings in a changing world.

The event will again be held online this year due to the ongoing challenges of hosting in-person events due to the pandemic, and the overwhelming success of last year’s virtual offering.

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.”

The festival programme is as follows:

Day1 –  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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