Stornoway Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI)

The Stornoway Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is part of an overall Stornoway Regeneration Strategy for the town and is based on using conservation of the historic environment as the main driver.

Promoted by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) the project was a funding partnership between the Comhairle, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Historic Scotland and the HLF.

The project can only apply to a designated Conservation Area. In Stornoway’s case the THI area was much smaller so as to focus the available funding.

The project funding amounted to £1.8m and was completed in June 2013.

Download a map of the Stornoway Conservation area and THI focus area (271.2kB)

The project was made up of four key elements-

  1. Public Realm Works e.g. Cromwell Street repaving, Lews Castle Sea Walls repair.
  2. Property Grants Scheme. The scheme provided grants to repair and restore buildings using traditional materials and methods.
  3. Critical Project – The restoration/ re-use of a major building in the town.
  4. Complementary Initiatives e.g. Presentations on Conservation Awareness, Training in Traditional Skills.

Details of each aspect of the Project is set out on the individual pages listed on the right hand side of this page. Should you require further information please use the Contact page.