Shetland Amenity Trust’s Architectural Heritage team works to protect and restore Shetland’s Architectural Heritage, to both enhance visual amenity and conserve cultural heritage for the benefit of the public. Due to the nature of the work, the team are skilled in traditional building methods and in using traditional, or reclaimed materials.
Preservation of architectural heritage is a core function of the Trust and has always been one of the mainstays of Trust activity. The list of buildings which have been restored by the team since they were established in 1983 is extensive, and includes many landmark and public buildings.
In addition to the actual maintenance and improvement of buildings and other architecture, the work carried out by this section of the Trust also includes the procurement of funding from sources outwith Shetland to carry out major restoration projects to our architectural heritage, for example, the redevelopment of Sumburgh Head.
Other ongoing work includes the identification and implementation of suitable renewable energy sources in Trust properties to preserve resources and reduce operating costs.