SCT 50th Anniversary debate: Conservation vs Evolution

Wednesday 14th June 2017 | 7pm | 54 Bell Street

Do conservation areas hold back or encourage positive development?

We all agree that the protection and enhancement of Scotland’s conservation areas are important although some of us may be concerned that this statutory requirement of local authorities is not being met in many cases. However, as pressure increases to build in urban areas, might there by a case for a loosening of some of the restrictions that planning law places on new developments in and around conservation areas? Is heritage management compatible with innovative and bold modern architecture? Are we stifling creativity and radical design by holding onto long-cherished heritage principles? How do we best deal with new design in historic settings?

These are just some of the issues our panel of experts will be discussing and debating with the audience. It promises to be a lively event.


  • Peter Drummond, Peter Drummond Architects
  • Gerry Hogan, Collective Architecture
  • Alasdair Tooze, Hoskins Architects
  • Jocelyn Cunliffe, Gray, Marshall & Associates


In 2017 the Scottish Civic Trust is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Since 1967 the Trust has been at the forefront of celebrating and protecting Scotland’s historic environment, promoting good modern architecture, and engaging with local communities and the general public through a wide range of activities.

We are delighted to be partnering with the Scottish Civic Trust in its semicentennial year on a short series of events with a focus on Glasgow’s heritage, built, cultural and intangible.