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The AHF appreciates that neglected buildings which are all too familiar in our towns, cities and countryside can, with a little imagination and a lot of enthusiasm, be rescued to become assets for their communities by people wanting to make a difference. The AHF has helped hundreds of organisations throughout the UK to do exactly that.

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High Mill Dundee scoops prestigious Civic Trust conservation award!

Architectural Heritage Fund

The Open Gallery at the High Mill, Verdant Works in Dundee has been recognised in the conservation category of the 2018 Civic Trust Awards for its outstanding architecture, planning and design - one of only nine National 2018 Civic Trust AABC Conservation Award Winners.

The AHF supported the development of the project by Dundee Heritage Trust with a grant of £25,000 in 2013. Doug Reid, partner at James F Stephens Architects who designed the scheme is a former AHF Trustee.

Find out more here.

More about the Civic Trust Awards.

First award under the Cywaith Legacy Fund in Wales | Dyfarniad cyntaf dan Gronfa Gwaddol Cywaith

Architectural Heritage Fund

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Capel Methodistiaid Calfinaidd was built in 1905 - the fifth chapel serving the village of Llithfaen on the Llŷn peninsula in north Wales - as a religious and social focus for the community. Built at a time of prosperity for the quarrying industry in the area, it is a reminder of the non-conformist religious revival that swept through Wales at the start of the 20th century. Its decline as a place of worship is part of a pattern repeated in many places across Wales and the UK. However, Hafod Ceiri, a local enterprise, has a new vision for this imposing Grade II* listed building at the heart of its community.

Hafod Ceiri plans to adapt the chapel by creating a performance space in a newly installed first floor, with audience seating for 300 in the original gallery. On the ground floor a small community cinema and three business start-up units for community enterprises will be accompanied by a café located in a glazed extension with panoramic views looking south over the Llŷn. In the adjoining vestry, the large open-plan school room will be divided: an education space, that will also be used for Sunday worship by the remaining congregation, in the northern half and two family bunk house accommodation units capitalising on the stunning views to the south.

Project development grants from the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable Hafod Ceiri to employ a part-time officer who will coordinate the project’s development and hopefully unlock further grants to help realise their vision for the building and the community.

Matthew Mckeague, Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund, commented: ‘The challenges facing many of our listed churches and chapels are well known. But positive visions of how these buildings can be reused for 21st century communities, like the one Hafod Ceiri has for Capel Methodistiaid Calfinaidd, could provide both a sustainable new use as well as retaining part of the chapel as a place of worship. We look forward to supporting the plans as they develop.’  

This award has been made under the newly launched Cywaith Legacy Fund. This fund is open to community-led organisations operating in Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy to find sustainable, new uses for historic buildings. Ideally the building is listed and / or located in a conservation area. It may also be on an ‘at risk’ register. We encourage community ownership of heritage assets and the growth of community businesses. We will prioritise projects which have the potential to make a significant social impact.

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Adeiladwyd Capel Methodistiaid Calfinaidd ym 1905 - y pumed capel i weini cymuned Llithfaen ym Mhen Llŷn - fel canolfan crefyddol a chymdeithasol. Fe’i hadeiladwyd yn ystod cyfnod o ffyniant yn y diwydiant chwarelu, mae’n atgof o ddiwygiad crefyddol ar gychwyn yr 20fed ganrif a chwythodd ar draws Cymru. Nad yw ei dirywiad fel man addoli yn unigryw i Lithfaen, mae’n rhan o batrwm sy’n digwydd mewn llawer o lefydd ar hyd a lled Cymru a’r DU. Fodd bynnag, mae gan Hafod Ceiri, menter gymdeithasol leol, weledigaeth newydd ar gyfer yr adeilad mawreddog rhestredig Gradd II* ynghanol ei chymuned.

Mae Hafod Ceiri yn cynllunio i addasu’r capel gan greu man perfformio ar y llawr gyntaf newydd sbon gyda seddau i’r gynulleidfa hyd at 300 yn y galeri gwreiddiol. Ar y llawr gwaelod fe fydd sinema fechan a thair uned dechrau busnes ar gyfer mentrau cymdeithasol ochr ac ochr â chaffi mewn estyniad gwydrog newydd gyda golygfa banoramig i’r de dros Ben Llŷn. Caiff yr ystafell fawr yn y festri drws nesaf ei rhannu: fe fydd man addysg i’r gogledd, a fydd yn cael ei defnyddio ar gyfer addoli ar ddyddiau Sul gan aelodau presennol, a dwy uned byncws i deuluoedd yn manteisio ar olygfa odidog i’r de.

Fe fydd grantiau datblygu prosiect gan y Gronfa Treftadaeth Bensaernïol a Chronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri yn rhoi grym i Hafod Ceiri cyflogi swyddog rhan-amser a fydd yn cydlynu datblygu’r prosiect gyda’r nod o sicrhau grantiau pellach i gyflawni’u gweledigaeth ar gyfer yr adeilad a’r gymuned. Meddai Matthew Mckeague, Prif Weithredwr y Gronfa Treftadaeth Bensaernïol: “Mae’r heriau sy’n wynebu llawer o gapeli ac eglwysi rhestredig yn adnabyddus. Fodd bynnag, fe allai cynlluniau creadigol o ail-ddefnyddio’r adeiladau hyn i gymunedau yn yr 21ain ganrif, fel gweledigaeth Hafod Ceiri ar gyfer Capel Methodistiaid Calfinaidd, ddarparu defnydd newydd cynhaliol a chadw rhan o’r capel fel man addoli. Rydym yn edrych ymlaen at gefnogi’r cynlluniau wrth iddyn nhw ddatblygu.”

Dyfarnodd y grant hwn o dan y Gronfa Gwaddol Cywaith a lansiodd yn ddiweddar. Mae’r gronfa hon ar agor i gyrff dielw dan arweiniad cymunedol sy’n gweithio yng Ngwynedd, Ynys Môn a Chonwy i ddod o hyd i ddefnyddiau newydd a chynhaliol ar gyfer adeiladau hanesyddol. Yn ddelfrydol mae’r adeilad yn rhestredig a / neu lleolir mewn ardal cadwraeth. Efallai bod yr adeilad hefyd ar restr ‘mewn perygl’. Rydym yn annog cymunedau cael perchen ar asedau treftadaeth a thwf o fusnesau cymunedol. Byddwn yn rhoi blaenoriaeth i brosiectau sydd â photensial i wneud effaith gymdeithasol sylweddol.

 

The Architectural Heritage Fund - Trustee Vacancies

Oliver Brodrick-Ward

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Vacancy:

Trustee (three positions, including Scotland and Northern Ireland representatives)

Salary:

Voluntary and unremunerated (reasonable expenses are reimbursed)

Duration:

1 or 2 terms (3 or 6 years)

Application:

Please submit a CV and cover letter (up to 2 pages) and send to Matthew McKeague, Chief Executive, The Architectural Heritage Fund, by email.

Deadline:

Friday 15th January

Interview:

Interviews will take place at the end of January

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is currently seeking to appoint three new trustees to join its Board. The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is a leading heritage charity founded in 1976 to help charities, community businesses and social enterprises across the UK find solutions for vulnerable historic buildings. We do this by offering advice, grants and loans.

Over the last 40 years the AHF has awarded loans with a total value of £124m to nearly 900 projects across the UK and has made more than 1200 individual early project grants offers totalling nearly £9m. We are the UK’s leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender. This is a unique opportunity to join an ambitious, innovative and forward looking organisation.

Two trustees are needed to represent Northern Ireland and Scotland respectively. We are also particularly looking for people to apply who have experience, skills and knowledge in the following areas:

·         Conservation and heritage led regeneration  

·         Architecture

·         Fundraising

·         Social investment

·         Running or working at a senior level in a social enterprise, community business or charity

Role Description and Responsibilities

In addition to attending approximately five Board meetings per annum (usually taking place in London), you may be expected to provide further advice and input to the AHF’s Grants Panel, Credit Panel, Audit and Risk Committee and other sub-committee structures, according to your areas of expertise. As a trustee you will be required to:

1.    Ensuring that the Board fulfils its responsibilities in a cost effective manner:

  • to agree appropriate strategy and policy objectives, in accordance with AHF’s purposes;
  • to monitor progress in implementing the strategy by reviewing performance against plan;
  • to ensure that objectives are achieved and risk is managed appropriately;
  • to ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place to support, monitor and review the effectiveness of the work of the Board, the Chief Executive, other staff, and volunteers;
  • to maintain an overview of the work of the Finance and Audit Committee, Credit Panel and Grants Panel, and other sub-committees as appropriate, to ensure that AHF’s finances and property are prudently and systematically managed; and
  • to ensure that the charity complies with its governing document, charity law, company law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations.

2.  Contribute directly to the achievement of AHF’s objectives:

  • to utilise personal skills, experience and attributes to lead/contribute directly to AHF’s work, taking responsibility for delivery of strategic goals in agreed areas;

  • to attend Board meetings;
  • to use specific knowledge or experience to help the Board reach sound decisions. Including scrutinising Board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, and providing advice and guidance in areas of AHF’s work in which the trustee has special expertise

3.    Maintaining and developing AHF’s reputation and influence:

  • ·to be an advocate for the AHF and to act as a spokesperson for the charity where appropriate;
  • ·to help to promote AHF to a wider audience of potential supporters, beneficiaries, decision-makers and opinion-formers.

Skills and Characteristics

We are looking for senior, experienced or emerging leaders who have a strong track record of delivery and achievement in their field. With excellent judgement, integrity, strategic awareness and good interpersonal skills, you will be able to remain objective and challenge supportively. Above all, you will be committed to our values and objectives and be willing to develop your knowledge of the context in which we operate. We would expect you to demonstrate an interest in the heritage of the UK and show understanding of the challenges, and opportunities, of bringing redundant historic buildings back into economic and social use, often in economically deprived areas.

The ideal person is able to:

  • communicate clearly and take an active role in discussions
  • challenge sensitively and constructively
  • engage and influence others, within and outside the AHF
  • stay focussed on AHF’s mission and objectives
  • act as an advocate for the organisation
  • undertake training and development to support the role

Eligibility

Some people are disqualified by law from acting as trustees, including anyone described in sections 178 to 180 of the Charities Act 2011. This includes:

  • anyone who has an unspent conviction for an offence involving deception or dishonesty;
  • anyone who is an undischarged bankrupt;
  • anyone who has been removed from trusteeship of a charity by the Court or the commission for misconduct or mismanagement;
  • anyone under a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;
  • anyone who has entered into a composition or arrangement with their creditors which includes an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA), and is currently on the Insolvency Service Register;
  • anyone under the age of 18 years old.

Commitment to diversity

In accordance with our commitment to promote equality of opportunity and diversity across all of our areas of work, we particularly welcome applications from people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, disabled people and younger people, who are currently under-represented on our Board.

 Trustee Compliance and Duties

For more detailed guidance on the information below please see the Charity Commission’s guide: The essential trustee: what you need to know.

How to apply

If you would like to join the Board of one of the leading heritage organisations in the UK, please send a brief CV and a covering letter (by email only) that demonstrates your suitability for the vacancy to oliver.brodrick-ward@ahfund.org.uk. Your application should reach us by Friday 15 January 2018 and will be assessed by the AHF’s Nominations Committee. We will contact you shortly after the 15th if you have been selected for interview. Interview location and date will be confirmed at the time. (In exceptional circumstances, we can offer interview via video conferencing)

If you would like to set up an informal discussion with our Chief Executive about the AHF or the role, please contact Oliver Brodrick-Ward for an appointment. Tel: 020 7925 0199.  

You can find more details of the AHF and the impact of our work at: www.ahfund.org.uk

 

Clonduff Development Enterprise secures AHF Grant

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The Architectural Heritage Fund is delighted to announce that it has awarded a Project Viability Grant to Clonduff Development Enterprise to help them secure a long-term future for St. John's Parish Church in the heart of Hilltown, County Down.

The Church of Ireland was completed in 1766, and was the first building to be erected in the planned village of Hilltown, developed by the Earl of Hillsborough.  It is situated on a prominent crossroads within the small rural village, forming one of its most important architectural elements, and has some very fine Neo-classical internal timberwork and original pews.  Vacated in 1983, the building has remained empty ever since, and features on the Built Heritage at Risk register managed by the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society. 

AHF's grant of £3,500 is helping the Enterprise to explore the feasibility of creating a community hub which addresses local needs, and a tourism facility in the gateway to the Mournes Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

Dr Marie Cowan, Chair of Clonduff Development Enterprise Limited (CDE) said:
"CDE, on behalf of its shareholders and the wider Clonduff community, is delighted to receive this grant and support from the Architectural Heritage Fund. The project viability grant will enable CDE to conduct a detailed building condition survey of the former Church of Ireland, and also initiate a community needs survey, both of which will inform the viability of a planned restoration and community enterprise project.  
Such a project would enhance and protect this Grade B2 listed building, the architectural centerpiece of Hilltown. This grant creates a platform from which to pursue an opportunity for a mixed-use community space and local enterprise."

Matthew McKeague, Chief Executive with The Architectural Heritage Fund, said: 
'This is a really important project, for both the church and Hilltown.  We're pleased to be supporting the project at this vital stage, and the assessment of community needs will be an essential building block in delivering a sustainable use for St John's.'

The Department for Communities, through its Historic Environment Division, and the Pilgrim Trust, have provided funding the AHF to help deliver a two year programme of advice and seed funding to grow community enterprise through heritage across Northern Ireland.  

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Historic Coventry Trust gets approval for one of the largest ever transfers of local authority heritage assets

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The Architectural Heritage Fund has been working with Historic Coventry Trust for over a year to support their ambitious plans for Coventry’s heritage. These plans took a major step forward last week, when Coventry City Council’s cabinet approved the transfer of 22 individual properties, and five adjoining sites, to the Trust. The buildings include some of the City’s best medieval and Georgian buildings and range from two Grade I listed, 14th-century monasteries to a row of 19th-century shops in a conservation area.

Ian Harrabin, Chairman of Historic Coventry Trust said: “Despite Coventry’s image as a modern post-war city, the best of its medieval buildings actually survived the bombing and were preserved and maintained by the Council, but largely forgotten.  These assets offer huge potential today to boost tourism in the city and to change its image – we have found treasure, hidden in plain sight.” 

Historic Coventry Trust is a regeneration company, merging private sector expertise with social gain, and has a very long term vision – to preserve the city’s heritage for the next 1,000 years of its history.  It is this vision that AHF has supported through early grant funding and by bringing key heritage partners to the table. CEO of AHF, Matthew McKeague, believes “This is a hugely ambitious and ground breaking asset transfer. AHF is looking to support increased social enterprise use of historic buildings – Coventry’s model offers a great opportunity to do this on a city-wide scale.”

Coventry has also had the support of Historic England through a new Heritage Action Zone.
Ian Morrison, Head of Planning at Historic England, pointed out that “Some of the buildings have an on-going economic use, such as the row of shops in The Burges. This transfer of economic use, as well as the buildings themselves, is what makes the initiative ground-breaking.“

Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Coventry’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration said: “The City of Culture bid has galvanised the city’s institutions to work together in unprecedented cohesion with tourism being a major part of our plans for the future. “This asset transfer is a key step to making the best use of some incredible buildings which the council have neither the financial nor staff resources to deliver.  The Council is safeguarded by only transferring the assets once the funding for restoration has been raised.”

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The Architectural Heritage Fund's Annual Review 2016/17 launched!

Oliver Brodrick-Ward

Today we have published our Annual Review for 2016/17. This year’s review highlights the range of successful heritage, community and social enterprise projects we have helped support over the course of the past year. The Review also highlights the wider impacts of our work, and, for the first time, our approach to measuring our impact has been externally reviewed and assessed by our auditors. This will help us to further develop our approach over the course of the coming year. You can read the full results of our 2016/17 client survey alongside our Annual Review.  

This year, 56% of enquiries to the AHF have come from community enterprises – up from 33% in 2015-16. It provides evidence that widening the scope of who the AHF supports, coupled with the advice and guidance of our network of specialist support officers, is increasing demand from new organisations for our advice and investment. It also supports our aims of increasing the visibility of historic buildings and how their sustainable, adaptive reuse can benefit local communities and create significant social impact.

We also continue to have an impact on historic buildings at risk, across the UK. This year four projects we have supported have been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register in England, including:

Lower Lodge, Ashton Court, Bristol

Argos Hill Windmill, Mayfield

Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham

Bawdsey Transmitter Block, Bawdsey

You can download the Annual Review 2016/17 here and the Impact Survey results for 2016/17 here.

Cronfa Gwaddol Cywaith | Cywaith Legacy Fund

Architectural Heritage Fund

Cywaith Legacy Fund: Architectural Heritage Fund grants in north-west Wales

Since its establishment by the Snowdonia National Park in 1990, Cywaith: Gwynedd Buildings Preservation Trust’s mission was to bring historic buildings in Gwynedd back into use. They continued with their endeavours until December 2016 when the Trustees decided to cease activities because of the difficulties in acquiring suitable properties at a viable cost to enable their conservation. The Trust chose the Architectural Heritage Fund to be the recipient of their remaining assets to carry on with this important work. In response, we are proud to launch the Cywaith Legacy Fund.

This fund is open to community-led organisations operating Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy to find sustainable new uses for historic buildings. Ideally the building is listed and / or located in a conservation area. It may also be on an ‘at risk’ register. We encourage community ownership of heritage assets and the growth of community businesses. We will prioritise projects which have the potential to make a significant social impact.

Matthew McKeague, Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund said, “We are grateful to Cywaith: Gwynedd Buildings Preservation Trust for leaving this legacy. This will enable us to carry on their mission of helping to bring historic buildings in Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy back into use. We look forward to receiving proposals that will not only regenerate a historic building but will also demonstrate a wider benefit for the area and its people.

We can provide grant support to explore an historic building’s future uses Project Viability grants (up to £5,000) and Project Development grants (up to £25,000) are available. Grants can fund initial investigations such as viability (options) appraisals and early stage project development costs but not capital costs.

If you would like to find out more information or discuss a project proposal, please contact Adam Hitchings the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Wales Support Officer on 0300 121 0718 or adam.hitchings@ahfund.org.uk


Cronfa Gwaddol Cywaith: grantiau'r Gronfa Treftadaeth Bensaernïol yng ngogledd orllewin Cymru

Cenhadaeth Cywaith: Ymddiriedolaeth Cadwraeth Adeiladau Gwynedd oedd dod ag adeiladau hanesyddol yn ôl i’w defnydd ers iddi gael ei sefydlu gan y Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri ym 1990. Gwnaethon nhw barhau gyda’u hymdrechion hyd at fis Rhagfyr 2016 pan wnaeth Ymddiriedolwyr benderfyniad anodd i roi gorau i’w gweithgareddau oherwydd anawsterau cael gafael ar eiddo addas am bris rhesymol er mwyn galluogi eu gwarchod. Dewisodd yr Ymddiriedolaeth y Gronfa Treftadaeth Bensaernïol i dderbyn gweddill eu hasedau i barhau’r gwaith pwysig hwn. Mewn ymateb rydym yn falch i lansio’r Gronfa Gwaddol Cywaith.

Mae’r gronfa hon ar agor i gyrff cymunedol dielw sy’n gweithio yng Ngwynedd, Ynys Môn a Chonwy i ddod o hyd i ddefnyddiau newydd a chynhaliol ar gyfer adeiladau hanesyddol. Yn ddelfrydol mae’r adeilad yn rhestredig a / neu lleolir mewn ardal cadwraeth. Efallai bod yr adeilad hefyd ar restr ‘mewn perygl’. Rydym yn annog cymunedau cael perchen ar asedau treftadaeth a thwf o fusnesau cymunedol. Byddwn yn rhoi blaenoriaeth i brosiectau sydd â photensial i wneud effaith gymdeithasol sylweddol.

Meddai Matthew McKeague, Prif Weithredwr y Gronfa Treftadaeth Bensaernïol, "Rydym yn ddiolchgar i Gywaith: Ymddiriedolaeth Cadwraeth Adeiladau Gwynedd am adael y gwaddol hwn. Bydd hyn yn ein galluogi i barhau gyda’u cenhadaeth o helpu i ddod ag adeiladau hanesyddol yng Ngwynedd, Ynys Môn a Chonwy yn ôl i’w defnydd. Rydym yn edrych ymlaen at dderbyn cynigion a fydd nid yn unig yn adfywio adeilad hanesyddol ond bydd hefyd yn dangos budd ehangach ar gyfer yr ardal a'r bobl."

Rydym yn gallu rhoi grantiau i ymchwilio defnyddiau newydd o adeilad. Mae grantiau prosiect hyfyw (hyd at £5,000) a grantiau datblygu prosiect (hyd at £25,000) ar gael. Gall grantiau ariannu gwaith ymchwil cychwynnol fel asesiad o hyfywedd (opsiynau) a chamau cynnar o gostau datblygu prosiect ond nid costau cyfalaf.

Os hoffech gael rhagor o wybodaeth neu drafod syniad am brosiect, ffoniwch Adam Hitchings Swyddog Cymorth y Gronfa Treftadaeth Bensaernïol yng Nghymru ar 0300 121 0718 neu anfon neges e-bost at adam.hitchings@ahfund.org.uk

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Havens Department Store, Southend-on-Sea

Oliver Brodrick-Ward

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Hamlet Court Road, in the Southend suburb of Westcliff-on-Sea, was once known as the “Bond Street of Essex”. The Art Deco Havens department store is a glorious reminder of the street’s heyday. Built by the family company in 1935 and in the same ownership ever since, it has retained many of its original features, including its original Burmantoft’s Faience cladding. Its 1970s display windows, backlit signage and canopy also have considerable rarity value and contribute to its Grade II listed status. Sadly, Havens has now decided to close its retail business and the store will close in January, bringing an end to 116 years of trading on this site – an unfortunately all too familiar story on some of Britain’s changing high streets. However, an imaginative proposal by Age Concern Southend-on-Sea (ACSOS) promises to find a new role for this key high street building, that will meet the needs of the local community into the future.  

ACSOS  is seeking to convert Havens into a hub for older people and their families. Based on a model that has been adopted successfully in other locations in England, the centre would offer the charity’s own services as well as letting space for other not-for-profits, particularly those providing healthcare and other relevant support. Ideas for the ground floor include housing a café and other businesses.  Clubs, courses and leisure activities could also be based in the building. Havens wishes to continue to operate from the top-floor, running its online business. A £4,980 AHF grant will enable Age Concern to produce a project viability report to test these proposals and contribute towards a fundraising specialist to research capital funding opportunities and develop a case for support.

AHF support for projects like these would not be possible without the continued support of Historic England. 

The Architectural Heritage Fund made 7 new grant offers to projects in England in November 2017 amounting to £32,480 for community-led efforts to save historic buildings.

For the full list of grant offers see:

http://ahfund.org.uk/offers/

Heritage Angel Awards 2017

Ruth Johnson

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Heritage Angel Awards which were announced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bettany Hughes at a glittering ceremony the Palace Theatre, London, on Monday 20 November. All of the shortlisted projects were truly inspirational, amongst them Worcestershire BPT’s project, supported by AHF, at Weavers’ Cottages, Kidderminster in the ‘Best Rescue of a Historic Building’ category. See the full list of winners here: https://historicengland.org.uk/get-involved/angel-awards/

The annual awards celebrate people who have lovingly conserved, reused and promoted their local heritage. The awards were founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and are co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

 

Weavers' Cottages in Kidderminster shortlisted for Angel Awards 2017 and looking for new owners!

Ruth Johnson

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No 20 to 22 Horsefair, Kidderminster have been shortlisted for Best Rescue of a Historic Building Award in this year’s Historic England Angel Awards.  These late 18th and early 19th century cottages represent the last vestiges of a rich textile tradition in the town, one that goes back to the early 16th century.  Despite this they were unloved and empty for over 10 years before Worcestershire Historic Building Trust took them on.  The Architectural Heritage Fund offered early funding for viability studies and project management support which enabled the Trust to effect a total transformation from unstable ruins to high quality homes. During the project, the Trust worked really hard to engage the local community and the result is a great legacy of training, educational materials and interpretation which can be viewed on http://www.weaverscottages.info/. The houses are currently up for sale.  

If you think they deserve to win their category you can vote via the Angel Award website on: https://historicengland.org.uk/get-involved/angel-awards/