Many of the buildings recognised each year in the National Railway Heritage Awards are famous and have a fully documented history; others, however, are much more obscure. One of the latter was recognised in the awards announced in December 2018. This was the Engine Shed at Stirling entered by Historic Environment Scotland. Unlisted – and therefore under threat of demolition as part of the site’s redevelopment – the structure was constructed as a transit shed in the years before World War 1 as part of the Forthside military complex. Restored and extended by Historic Environment Scotland in order to create exhibition space and to provide a training facility for conservation staff, work was completed in June 2017. The quality of the work saw Historic Environment Scotland jointly awarded the Great Western Railway Craft Skills Award and, on 21 May 2019, the plaque recognising the award was formally unveiled by Lady Judy McAlpine.

Historic Environment Scotland restoration highlighted
Following the unveiling of the plaque at Stirling by Lady Judy McAlpine, representatives of the National; Railway Heritage Awards and Historic Environment Scotland are pictured in front of the restored building.
Historic Environment Scotland restoration highlighted
The restored shed at Stirling with its modern extensions. The building – which has its origins in a shed constructed for use by the military just prior to World War 1 – was restored as part of an £11 million project to create training facilities for those involved in Historic Environment Scotland’s conservation work. The restoration of the building included work on the prominent clerestory.