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The Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) is a membership organisation bringing together voluntary and professional non-governmental organisations that operate at the national level and represent people who work within the built environment sector. Through its members, BEFS connects with over 325,000 individuals through 540 organisations. More about BEFS ›

Health and the Built Environment

BEFS innaugural Annual Lecture was delivered by Scotland's outgoing Chief Medical Officer, Sir Harry Burns, on 24 February 2014 on the theme 'Health and the Built Environment'. The thought-provoking and inspiring talk highlighted the role built environment professionals must play if we are to tackle some of the entrenched problems we face in Scotland. The event was generously filmed by Architecture and Design Scotland who have also summarised the content of the lecture. The overwhelmingly positive response to the evening is reflected in a series of responses from members of the audience published on our blog

Historic Environment Scotland Bill and Strategy

Our Place in Time – The Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland provides a vision and framework for co-ordinated action across the diverse range of people involved in looking after our historic environment.  It advocates a collaborative approach to the process of valuing, caring for and understanding the historic environment. Within this context the Historic Environment Scotland Bill serves to create a new body, for the purposes of the Bill to be known as Historic Environment Scotland. The objective is to sustain the functions of both Historic Scotland and RCAHMS for the long term. BEFS will follow the course of the Bill to ensure the functions that stakeholders value are retained within the make-up of the new body. 

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