Built and Cultural Heritage
Aberdeenshire has a rich and diverse array of built and cultural heritage. The council has a duty to safeguard, sustain and enhance this wealth of heritage as it is irreplaceable.
Aberdeenshire Councils Environment Teams (part of Infrastructure Service) are committed to guide, promote, enhance and interpret the unique yet diverse resource of Aberdeenshire’s built and cultural environment. As part of this commitment the team have developed a Historic Environment Strategy which can be viewed on-line.
The Environment Teams can assist you with built and cultural heritage related issues which you may require more specialist advice on.
A listed building is a building, object or structure that has been judged to be of national historical or architectural importance. Within Aberdeenshire there are approximately 3500 listed structures.
Conservation Areas "are areas of special architectural or historical interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance" s.61 Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.
Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes
Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes provide Scotland with valuable assets at National, Regional and Local level therefore recognition and understanding must be given to them in their own right.
Aberdeenshire Design Awards
The Aberdeenshire Design Awards is a competitive biennial event that seeks to recognise the very best in environmetal design constructed within Aberdeenshire over the past 2-5 years.
A regeneration and improvement programme for the Banff Conservation Area.
Public Art offers Aberdeenshire, its people and partners, the opportunity to express what is special and unique about our environment.
Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)
Encourages the repair, conservation and re-use of built heritage within selected towns of Aberdeenshire by awarding CARS grants.
North East Scotland Preservation Trust (NESPT)
The North East Scotland Preservation Trust acquires and restores buildings of significant historic or architectural merit that are not restorable by normal commercial means.