THE Engine Shed in Stirling has been awarded three prestigious accolades in its first year of opening, it was announced this week.

As well as being named one of the best new buildings in Scotland at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) 2018, The Engine Shed was awarded ‘Best Building 2018’ and ‘Best Use of Stone’ at the Stirling Society of Architects Design Awards 2018.

The Engine Shed, run by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), is Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre, serving as a central hub for building and conservation professionals and the general public.

Development began in 2013 to revitalise and extend the original building, with the Engine Shed opening to the public in July 2017.

The RIAS Awards judges said: “The judges were unanimous in their view that this was an outstanding project.

"The re-use of the existing elements of the building together with the very subtle and well executed extensions demonstrated considerable skill.”

Dr David Mitchell, Director of Conservation at Historic Environment Scotland said: “We are very pleased that the Engine Shed has been recognised as one of the best new buildings in Scotland.

"The conservation centre was built using traditional materials in a contemporary way and sympathetically making the most of the original building.

"The response from visitors and users of the building has been great and in its first year of operation has gained significant international profile for what the Scottish sector does in research and education around traditional buildings.

"One of our own architects designed the building and the project team worked very hard to deliver our aspirations.”