About the project

Haa of Sand is Category A listed (1754) and is an excellent example of Shetland’s equivalent to the Lairds House. Typically, tall and narrow with gabled elevations, it commands a prominent location in the rural landscape. Water ingress over the years damaged the internal panelling and the owners waged a continual battle with the weather. It was considered too exposed a location for normal lime render to provide a successful weather proof layer. We discussed the project with historic Scotland and worked alongside their technical team on a research project to trial hot lime as a solution to ‘wet gables’ Historic Environment Scotland and Amenity Trust funding was secured for the project and the works were completed in challenging conditions in 2015. The project is being monitored annually but so far so good. A Historic Environment Scotland Inform Guide was published in 2015, case studying the works.