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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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AHF supported Birmingham "at risk" Project gets £1.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Oliver Brodrick-Ward

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The Former Birmingham Municipal School of Art, a magnificent 1899 Grade II* building by architect William Bidlake, has just secured a major grant of £1.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The building, which is part of an exceptional group of listed buildings along the Moseley Road in Birmingham, has been on Historic England’s “At Risk" Register for over twenty years.  Purchased in poor repair from the City Council in 1984, the owners Moseley Muslim Community Association struggled to secure the funding to repair the buildings until the intervention of the Architectural Heritage Fund, who provided advice, support and grants.

Javed Arain, Chair of the Moseley Muslim Community Association said,  “ We are delighted that we have received the grants from HLF and Historic England for the restoration and refurbishment of this important building.  This will help us create a hub to meet the diverse needs of the local community.  The advice and support from the AHF in the early stages was invaluable.”

Editors’ Notes

The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity, working since 1976, to promote the conservation and sustainable reuse of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in areas of deprivation.  It is the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK.

For further information contact: Elizabeth Perkins, Support Officer: 0300 121 0745

 

 

 

AHF helps find a future for lynchpin 'Belltower building', Ballylough estate, Bushmills, N. Ireland

Oliver Brodrick-Ward

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The Architectural Heritage Fund is pleased to back Ballylough Living History Trust, as they work with the local community to home in on viable uses for the ‘Belltower building’, a lynchpin structure within a group of farm buildings on the Ballylough Estate, near Bushmills, Northern Ireland.  

This fascinating 17th century demesne contains the ruins of MacQuillan’s castle and Ballylough House, dating from 1789, with its beautifully maintained, ornamental walled garden.  Evidence suggests that, in the 1800s, the Belltower building was used as a kitchen for the farmyard community, and may also have been a forge for farmyard metal working.  It was fully used up until the 1980s, and is now partially used for storage and in need of urgent repair.  

The group has engaged with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Health and Social Care Trust, amongst others, to ensure that the benefits of this special estate can be enjoyed by as many local people in need as possible.  The Project Viability Grant will allow the group to develop and refine these consultations, and help identify end users who can sustain this building and fit into the Trust’s wider plans for the estate, which are being invested in by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

June Traill, Director of Ballylough Living History Trust said:

“This grant provides the Trust with a great opportunity to carry out a fully engaged consultation and devise a business plan and fund-raising plan for the unique Bell Tower building, centrally situated in the ancient farm yards of Ballylough Estate, right beside the Corn Stooks, where we are running this year’s volunteer Spring Tidy Project.  The Bell Tower will be key to future farm yard plans.” Locals and visitors are welcome to take part in the consultation process.  For more information please see the projects page on the website: www.ballylough.co.uk

Matthew McKeague, Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund said:

‘This is a unique building and a site of significant historical importance. Creating viable uses for buildings like this requires close collaboration and consultation with the local community and it’s great to see the Trust planning to open the site to as wide an audience as possible, to help maximise its benefits.’

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Editors’ Notes

The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity, working since 1976, to promote the conservation and sustainable reuse of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in areas of deprivation.  It is the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK.

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

For further information contact: Rita Harkin, NI Support Officer: 07789 758080

AHF supports the 'Imaginarium' to explore the potential of flax spinning mill

Oliver Brodrick-Ward

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Sticky Fingers Arts, based in Newry, Northern Ireland, has secured a Project Viability Grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund to help it to explore expanding its creative activities into the underused 19th century flax spinning mill in Upper Edward Street.   The group, which created the multi award-winning Giant’s Lair Storytrail project in the nearby Slieve Gullion Park, has already begun to animate the imposing stone building with the first dedicated children’s arts and creative play space in Northern Ireland.

The Imaginarium is located in a neglected part of the city which is currently a designated Neighbourhood Renewal Area – one of 36 deprived areas in Northern Ireland highlighted as a priority for regeneration.  In recent years, the area has become home to many migrant families, sheltered housing projects, and is within walking distance to three large housing estates. The Imaginarium has been very successful to date in attracting families from what would be perceived as disadvantaged and under privileged backgrounds, as well as ethnic minority groups, and is keen to build on these relationships.

Sticky Fingers will use the seed funding to hold a number of open workshops with the local community, schools, artists and community representatives, to explore the best use of the building to meet the wider community needs, and to explore the different ideas the children and young people have already expressed for designing the space. The group will also engage an architect to collect all the information from the sessions and create a design that will work for the theatre, workshops space and other outcomes emerging from the consultation process. The findings can then be used to take the project forward and secure additional funding.

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Grainne Powell, Director of Sticky Fingers Arts said:

“The support from the AHF will ensure that we are able to fully engage with the local community on how best to transform our old mill into a creative, imaginative and magical space for all members of the community to enjoy. The advice, support and funding from the AHF will act as a catalyst, helping to ensure that this old building is protected and brought back to life for many more generations to enjoy”.

Editors’ Notes

The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity, working since 1976, to promote the conservation and sustainable reuse of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in areas of deprivation.  It is the leading social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK.

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

For further information contact: Rita Harkin, NI Support Officer: 07789 758080

Job Opportunities - Heritage Trust Network Scotland and Springburn Winter Gardens Trust

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Two current job opportunities are available in Scotland that have been supported by the AHF.

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Our colleagues at the Heritage Trust Network (formerly the Association of Preservation Trusts) are seeking a full-time, three year Development Officer for Scotland.

HTN is a membership organisation run by people who have delivered amazing heritage projects against all the odds and want to help others do the same.
Thanks to funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund (supported by Historic Environment Scotland) and The National Trust for Scotland, HTN are now recruiting a Development Officer to support and connect the HTN network in Scotland, and work with and assist community groups that are just getting started with their plans to develop new uses for their historic buildings.
HTN are looking for an experienced historic buildings / community development professional with the ability to bring together national and local partners to revitalise the sector in Scotland and unlock the potential of historic buildings at risk for communities across Scotland.

The deadline for applications is 22nd February 2018.
Full details and person specification available here.

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Meanwhile, Springburn Winter Gardens Trust are progressing with ambitious plans to save and repurpose the iconic Category A-listed Winter Gardens in Springburn Park, Glasgow.
They are currently seeking tenders for a design team - principally, an architect is sought to take designs to RIBA Stage 1 alongside heritage interpretation expertise.

To request the brief and supporting documents, please email jackieshearer@btinternet.com
Deadline for responses is noon on Monday 26 February 2018.

 

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AHF projects shortlisted for 2018 My Place Awards !

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The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards, established in 2010, are unique in Scotland as they are a national celebration of good local design and conservation, and are not an industry award. Their aim is to identify projects or buildings that have had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and have delivered positive benefits to that community. Entries in all categories are assessed on their architectural, heritage and/or place making benefits.

The AHF is delighted that three of the projects we've supported over the years are included in the 2018 shortlist - Campbeltown Picture HouseKirkmichael, Black Isle and the Russell Institutein Paisley.

Good luck to all the shortlisted candidates, and we look forward to discovering which projects the judges feel are worthy of the coveted My Place Award later this year...

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AHF supported projects move forward across Scotland

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A number of AHF-supported projects have achieved major milestones in their journeys toward sustainable new uses in the last month.

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Campbeltown Picture House is one of the first purpose built cinemas in Scotland, built in 1913. This Category-A listed building is unique, with a Glasgow school art nouveau exterior and an equally impressive and unusual ‘atmospheric style’ interior. It survives today as a rare space, largely unaltered from the 1935 remodelling by the original architect Albert V. Gardner.
The Centenary Project was completed in December 2017 restoring this magnificent building and creating a modern cinema destination complete with a second screen, new foyer and café, and spaces for exhibitions, displays, education and community activities. A formal opening will take place later in 2018. 
The AHF helped pay for the project organiser to deliver the Centenary Restoration Project.

Find out more - News Coverage

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The former Carlton Hill Observatory in Edinburgh is set to be reborn in its new guise as a home for the Collective Gallery - the group have now taken possession of the building from the contractors prior to the site opening to the public in the Spring of 2018. The £4m restoration project includes conservation of the Observatory’s original 19th century Playfair designs, its original telescopes and astronomical instruments and its grounds, along with the creation of a subterranean gallery, and the building of a new restaurant. The AHF helped get the project started with a viability grant, and then Project Development Grant towards the project organiser and professional fees.

Find out more - News coverage

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The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust are pressing ahead with the capital works to transform Moat Brae house in Dumfries into a National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling - work started on site in April 2017 and should be complete by the end of 2018.  £7.4m of funding had now been secured for the scheme with a further £600,000 needed to complete the final phase this year. 
The Scottish government's Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) has been identified as a potential source of funding, and the local authority has submitted an application with the outcome expected to be known by March.
The AHF was an early supporter of this project, helping fund the original options appraisal in 2009, and providing further development funding the help get the project started in 2011 and 2013.

Find out more - News coverage

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In Glasgow, work is finally about to start to bring the last of the Gorbal’s historic tenements, the Category A-listed former British Linen Bank Tenement, back to life - as its originally designed use as lettable flats above a shop. It was built in 1900 and designed by James Salmon, an architect whose other works include the Lion Chambers on Hope Street and the Hatrack Building in St Vincent Street. The local housing association, Southside HA, have been leading on a project that is due to start on site in February 2018, and when complete will see it housing a ground floor commercial unit and six two-bedroom flats for mid-market rent.
The AHF helped Glasgow Building Preservation Trust fund an options appraisal for the building back in 2008, and with Southside taking the project forward also helped fund their development costs in 2015.

Find out more - News Coverage

AHF Grant-aid in Scotland is only possible thanks to funding from Historic Environment Scotland.

 

 

AHF backs progressive Social Farm in NI

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The Architectural Heritage Fund has awarded a Project Viability Grant to Annagh Social Farm to explore the potential of Annagh House, located near Aughnacloy, in rural south County Tyrone, to provide supported living for adults with learning disabilities.

The listed Georgian farmhouse was occupied by Justices of the Peace, hosted evacuees during WW2, latterly a tennis club, and local Scouts/ Girl Guides enjoyed its grounds.  The surrounding farmland and small Peg’s cottage in the grounds have provided social farming day opportunities for young adults over the last five and a half years. 

Annagh Social Farm, which also runs a social farm at a listed thatched farmhouse in Derrylin, Fermanagh, envisages expanding this important amenity by using Annagh House, and the barns to the rear, for supported living accommodation for up to ten adults, providing short term respite care and/or long-term placements. The adults would have the option of getting involved in meaningful activities on the farm during the day. The Community Interest Company (CIC) intends engaging supported living service providers to run the facility – the first of its kind that the group is aware of in Ireland.

The Architectural Heritage Fund’s seed funding would allow the group to get clarity on the feasibility of converting the farmhouse and outbuildings into supported living, and to test the economic viability of developing and running the facility. These findings, and the results of other consultations they have carried out, will allow them to devise a Project Viability Report, which they can use to approach other funders.

Matthew McKeague, Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund said:

‘Annagh Social Farm is a project with both a strong heritage and well-being focus. As the nature of farming changes it is becoming increasingly important to look at new models for keeping farms in use, including the many significant listed buildings on farm sites. Annagh Social Farm will test a new model and we are very interested in how similar projects can learn from it.’  

Simon Bullock, Treasurer of Annagh Social Farm CIC said:

‘Annagh Social Farm is very grateful for the advice and expertise made available  through this recently announced project viability grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund. We are delighted to have this opportunity to develop our vision of providing high quality accommodation for people with learning disabilities in a peaceful rural setting.’

Editors’ Notes

The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity, working since 1976, to promote the conservation and sustainable reuse of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in areas of deprivation.  It is the leading social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK.

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

For further information contact:

Rita Harkin, NI Support Officer: 07789 758080

Simon Bullock, Chair, Annagh Social Farm CIC: 07771580387

Daily bread takes on a new meaning as local church looks to convert into a bakery

Oliver Brodrick-Ward

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Set in a beautiful Herefordshire countryside, just outside Ross on Wye, is the lovely, modest medieval church of Brampton Abbott. Built in the 12th century from local stone, including a stone slate roof, it is a remarkably unchanged building with a fine 14th century timber framed porch and small square bell tower. The building is much loved by the local community, but the congregation was diminishing to such a point that closure was inevitable.

It is a story that is commonplace, but the future for this church is very far from commonplace. Through consultation and detailed work within the village, the Diocese and the Churches Conservation Trust identified a group of local people with the entrepreneurial skills to establish and manage the church as an artisan bakery and community event space serving this isolated rural village.  

AHF has given a Project Development Grant of £25,000 to employ a project manager to help the group make their plans a reality. The plans are for the bakery to sit inside a contemporary pod within the church, whilst the rest of the space will be used flexibly so it can be a cookery school or a café, or a space where social events, pop up festivals and the occasional church service can take place. The Diocese is just completing repairs to the building with HLF funding, prior to leasing the building to the group.  Once transferred rents charged to the artisan bakery will cover the costs of maintaining the church in good repair and the church will remain at the heart of the community.  

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

See here for a full list of our most recent new grant beneficiaries.

Heritage Impact Fund - Project Manager (Consultant) Tender Opportunity

Oliver Brodrick-Ward

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The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), the leading social investor in the heritage sector, is developing a new Heritage Impact Fund (HIF). This fund is designed to assist community businesses, social enterprises and charities to find enterprising new uses for historic buildings they value and to produce socially-beneficial heritage projects. In preparation for launching this Fund, the AHF is now seeking a Project Manager who will support the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Investment Manager on the establishment of the HIF. 
 

For more information regarding tendering please click here.

Timetable 

The procurement timetable will be:  

  • Completed tenders to be returned to the AHF by 24th January 2018; 
  • Interviews 6th February 2018 
  • Confirmation of award of contract by 9th February 2018. 

 Contact

For all enquiries please contact:

Andy Richardson,  Investment Manager,  The Architectural Heritage Fund,  3 Spital Yard,   London, E1 6AQ
 
Email: andy.richardson@ahfund.org.uk  Telephone: +44 (0)20 7925 0199
 
 

From Shetland to the Borders - community regeneration projects across Scotland benefit from AHF funding 

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The AHF has made grant awards totaling £82,000 in the last three months, helping support ten different projects across Scotland with investment that will help them bring historic buildings back to life to support their communities.

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Our early stage Project Viability Grants help groups undertake early stage project work to help them decide if there is a viable use for a building. In Dumfries, Dumfries Historic Building Trust are investigating taking on the former landmark Rosefield Mills in the town and restoring them as a potential new enterprise centre. Our grant will allow them to develop their ideas and costings, as well as enabling them to run a series of community engagement workshops to help local people respond to the proposed scheme and plans. 

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Our Project Development Grants help groups take a project forward once there is greater certainty on a sustainable use, to develop the plans and help them get to the point of being able to apply to other capital funders. On the isle of Unst, the Shetland Amenity Trust is taking forward a scheme to restore Halligarth House as a new home for natural heritage on the island, with a visitors centre, cafe, toilets, and office space for other organisations. Our grant will help pay for professional fees required to help secure the rest of the capital funding.  

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Our Scottish Community Development Grant helps community led groups develop their capacity so that they can deliver large and complex regeneration projects. Oban Communities Trust are taking forward their plans for the former Rockfield School as a new hub for the local area, providing community and commercial spaces to let. This grant will allow them to develop and launch a Community Shares issue in 2018, as well as supporting the group in investigating how to make best use of the overall site.

 

All AHF grant funds offered in Scotland are generously supported by funding from Historic Environment Scotland.

The full list of Scottish grant offers made in October, November and December 2017 are below. 

PVG Awards
Tayside Re-users, South Dudhope Mill, Dundee - £5,000
Thornhill Collective, Old School, Thornhill - £4,000
Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust, Rosefield Mills, Dumfries - £5,000
Friends of the Britannia Panoption Music Hall Trust, Britannia Panoption Music Hall, Glasgow - £5,000
Catrine Community Trust, A.M. Brown Institute, Catrine, Ayrshire - £5,000

PDG Awards
Ridge (Scotland) CIC, Black Bull Close, Dunbar - £8,000
Shetland Amenity Trust, Halligarth House, Unst, Shetland - £10,000
North East Scotland Preservation Trust, 49-53 Bridge Street, Banff - £10,000

SCDF Awards
Oban Communities Trust, Rockfield Centre, Oban - £15,000
Kirkcudbright Development Trust, Johnston School, Kirkudbright - £15,000