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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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New grants for buildings at risk in Northern Ireland

Ruth Johnson

AHF is delighted to announce the first project viability grants to be offered from our new Northern Ireland grants fund, thanks to the support of the Pilgrim Trust and the Department for Communities NI. This funding will help to secure the survival of these threatened historic buildings

Scots Church, Derry

The plight of Great James’ Street Presbyterian Church, Derry was highlighted over 20 years ago, when it featured in the register of Buildings at Risk.  Built in 1837, it is one of the best examples of Georgian style architecture in the city.  The church catered for skilled industrial immigrants from the Glasgow shipyards, and subsequently became known as the ‘Scots Church’.  The congregation moved on in 1983, and the building has since been used as a library, glassworks and, more recently, as a temporary music venue. 

An acquisition grant, administered by the Architectural Heritage Fund, on behalf of the then Northern Ireland Environment Agency, allowed the church to be purchased by An Gaelaras, who are at the forefront of preserving and promoting the Irish language in the area. 

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They envisage creating “one of the most iconic arts and performance spaces in the city”, and have been awarded a Project Viability Grant to help them to update the condition survey (one of the requirements of the Heritage Lottery Fund, who have awarded them a Stage One Pass), and to further test the economic viability of the proposed uses.

 

Bushmills Courthouse

 

Bushmills courthouse was built by the MacNaghten family of Dunderave Estate in 1834 to serve as a Petty Session Court and as a symbol of authority in the area. The building contained a court room and cells, with living accommodation above for the police and was converted into a residence in the early 20th century.

 

The prominent building, at the heart of Bushmills Conservation Area, has been empty since the late 1960s and was acquired by the Causeway Enterprise Agency in 2016.  The Agency envisages using the building for a ‘Creative Enterprise Hub’ to include workspaces; a gallery; retail and community space; and self-catering accommodation, which is in sync with the Causeway Coast and Glens Council strategy for economic and social development in the region.

 

The Project Viability Grant awarded to this established social enterprise agency will allow them to test assumptions around the proposed uses of the courthouse, and associated land, and overall sustainability of the project.  The grant will also support the creation of a Conservation Management Plan, which will help inform the group’s approach to the building’s restoration, re-use and management, and allow them to amend extant planning permissions accordingly.

AHF supports major investment at Knockando Woolmill

Architectural Heritage Fund

Knockando Woolmill in rural Moray, Europe’s oldest district woolmill, is set to increase its productivity, competitiveness and turnover, creating a new post and retaining existing staff.

The mill has been manufacturing continuously for more than 200 years. For the past five years it has been operated as a social enterprise by Knockando Woolmill Company Limited (KWC). 

A range of woven and spun goods are produced at Knockando for both retail and wholesale.  As well as being recognised as a unique part of Scotland’s manufacturing heritage, the business has thrived as a retail and tourism destination with visitor numbers reaching 28,000 in 2016. Seven full time staff are employed at the mill along with six to eight seasonal posts.

The company has secured up to £100,000 in grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and, through the generous support and funding of Historic Environment Scotland, a loan facility of up to £250,000 from the Architectural Heritage Fund.

The money will be used to invest in new equipment and production software, as well as supporting the growth and operational requirements of the business. An additional weaver post will also be created to enable shift work and double production capacity as the company expands its customer base.

Nicola Irwin, Chairman of the Knockando Woolmill Trustees said “All involved at Knockando Woolmill are very pleased that the Architectural Heritage Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise have recognised the achievements of Knockando Woolmill over the past five years and that both have continued their long association with the Woolmill by investing in its future thereby helping it to maintain and expand employment and manufacturing in the Spey Valley.”

Fiona Robb, Head of Strengthening Communities with HIE in Moray, added: “We recognise the potential for Knockando Woolmill’s products to reach global markets. This mill is also a valuable employer in one of our more rural areas and has an important role to play in the cultural attraction of Moray as a region to visit. 

“We’re delighted to be able to support the Knockando team’s efforts to grow their business, improve production and their customer experience and look forward to continuing to work with them as they implement the plans.”

ENDS.

NOTES:

Knockando Woolmill was officially opened by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay on the 9th of October 2012. It is a Category A listed group of buildings in the Spey Valley in Moray. The Woolmill itself contains original textile machinery acquired over the centuries. 

Knockando Woolmill Trust was formed with the aims of restoring the buildings and machinery, training a new generation of craftsmen so that manufacturing could continue well into the future and opening the site to the public for education and enjoyment. 

The Knockando Woolmill Company Ltd. is a company limited by shares and wholly owned by Knockando Woolmill Trust. It is based at the Woolmill and responsible for running the Woolmill site, including manufacturing, the visitor centre, and the education and outreach programme. 

Knockando Woolmill was one of the winners of the 2016 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field. It has been a remarkable success and in its 2016 season it attracted around 28,000 visitors.

The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity, working since 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas. It is the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK, providing not-for-profit organisations with a combination of advice, development grants or loans.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is an economic and community development agency implementing Scotland's Economic Strategy across a region which covers more than half the country. With around 300 staff, HIE supports hundreds of client businesses and social enterprises; strengthens communities, particularly in fragile areas; develops growth sectors, and invests in infrastructure to create a more competitive and low carbon region.
 

AHF supports community heritage projects across the UK

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The Architectural Heritage Fund made 15 new grant offers amounting to £59,250 across the UK in April and May for community-led efforts to save historic buildings valued by local communities. Here are two examples of projects supported:

The Springburn district of Glasgow was once a major centre for the manufacture of locomotives. The St Rollox Railway Works was the largest of four major works in the area. The Category B-listed Works office, built in 1887 for the Caledonian Railway Company, is now partly occupied by Saheliya, a specialist mental health charity providing support and therapeutic services to black and minority ethnic women and girls. It was SCVO’s Charity of the Year in 2016 in recognition of its work with migrant and refugee communities across Scotland. A Project Viability Grant will help the charity explore options for the potential acquisition and development of the building as its main base in the city. 

A Project Viability Grant will enable the Welsh Georgian Trust to explore options for bringing the Grade II* Foley House in Haverfordwest back into sustainable use. Built circa 1790 and designed by John Nash, the villa has been out of use for more than a decade. After being unable to find a buyer, Pembrokeshire County Council approached the Trust to see if it could find a solution. Having successfully delivered a similar scheme at Plas Kynaston in Wrexham, there are hopes that the Trust will be able to develop a scheme to save the building.  

All recent AHF grant offers are listed here:

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

Introducing the AHF's new Support Officer for Wales

Architectural Heritage Fund

The AHF is delighted to announce that it has appointed a Wales-based Support Officer on a full-time contract, thanks to new funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Pilgrim Trust.

This new role has been created to lead on the delivery of AHF’s Growing Community Enterprise Through Heritage project in Wales. 

The project’s objectives are to: 

  • Provide more opportunities for voluntary sector groups to develop and secure capital funding for projects which will result in the acquisition and economically sustainable re- use of historic buildings, particularly in deprived communities.
  • Inspire new community start-ups in historic buildings, particularly in areas where there are low levels of social enterprise activity
  • Champion and showcase community enterprise through heritage in Wales.  

The Support Officer role is accompanied by a new small capacity-building grants programme (Project Viability Grants and Project Development Grants) targeted at priority projects which have the greatest potential to deliver sustainable community business uses within historic buildings. This combination of hands-on support and seed funding will help community enterprises set off on the right path and attract further investment.

If you have a project idea in Wales then please contact Adam Hitchings.

 

Cronfa Treftadaeth Bensaernïol: Swyddog Cymorth - Cymru

Mae’r Gronfa Treftadaeth Bensaernïol yn falch cyhoeddi ei bod wedi penodi Swyddog Cymorth a leolir yng Nghymru ar gontract llawn amser, diolch i arian newydd gan Sefydliad Garfield Weston ac Ymddiriedolaeth Pilgrim.

Mae rôl newydd hon wedi'i greu i arwain ar gyflawni prosiect y Gronfa Tyfu Mentrau Cymunedol drwy Dreftadaeth yng Nghymru. 

Amcanion y prosiect yw:

•      Darparu mwy o gyfleoedd i grwpiau yn y sector gwirfoddol i ddatblygu a sicrhau arian cyfalaf ar gyfer prosiectau a fydd yn golygu prynu ac ail-ddefnyddio adeiladau hanesyddol mewn ffordd economaidd gynaliadwy, yn enwedig mewn cymunedau difreintiedig

•      Ysbrydoli busnesau cymunedol newydd mewn adeiladau hanesyddol, yn enwedig mewn ardaloedd lle y ceir lefelau isel o weithgarwch mentrau cymdeithasol

•      Hyrwyddo ac arddangos mentrau cymunedol drwy dreftadaeth yng Nghymru.

Mae rhaglen newydd o grantiau bach i feithrin gallu (Grantiau Hyfywedd Prosiect a Grantiau Datblygu Prosiect) wedi'i lansio i gyd-fynd â phenodi’r swyddog cymorth. Mae’r grantiau wedi’u targedu at brosiectau blaenoriaethol sydd â'r potensial mwyaf i gyflawni defnyddiau busnes cymunedol cynaliadwy o fewn adeiladau hanesyddol. Bydd y cyfuniad o gymorth ymarferol a chyllid hadau hyn yn helpu mentrau cymunedol yn cychwyn ar y llwybr cywir ac yn denu buddsoddiad pellach.

Oes gennych syniad am brosiect cysylltwch ag Adam Hitchings.

AHF welcomes new North East Support Officer

Ruth Johnson

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AHF is delighted to welcome Andie Harris to the role of part-time Support Officer for the North East of England, specialising in Communications and social media. This is one of 8 freelance positions generously supported by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport and Historic England.

Andie will be the first point of contact for charities and community enterprises in the North East wishing to rescue and reutilise historic buildings, particularly those that are at risk or to be transferred from public ownership. Working in collaboration with Historic England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and other partners, she will take a proactive approach to identifying projects that could benefit from AHF support.

 

We now have a Northern Ireland-based Support Officer!

Ruth Johnson

Architectural Heritage Fund: Support Officer – Northern Ireland

AHF is delighted to announce that it has appointed a Northern Ireland-based Support Officer on a part-time contract, thanks to new funding from the Department for Communities’ Historic Environment Fund and the Pilgrim Trust.

This new role has been created to lead on the delivery of AHF’s Growing Community Enterprise Through Heritage project in Northern Ireland. 

The project’s objectives are to: 

  • Provide more opportunities for voluntary sector groups to develop and secure capital funding for projects which will result in the acquisition and economically sustainable re- use of historic buildings, particularly in deprived communities.
  • Inspire new community start-ups in historic buildings, particularly in areas where there are low levels of social enterprise activity
  • Champion and showcase community enterprise through heritage in Northern Ireland.  

The Support Officer role is accompanied by a new small capacity-building grants programme (Project Viability Grants and Project Development Grants) targeted at priority projects which have the greatest potential to deliver sustainable community business uses within historic buildings. This combination of hands-on support and seed funding will help community enterprises set off on the right path and attract investment.

If you've got a project in Northern Ireland and want to find out more - get in touch!

 

The AHF needs a new Chief Executive - could it be you?

Architectural Heritage Fund

We are now able to advertise details of our Chief Executive role, which will shortly be becoming vacant.

The AHF believes that better places can be built through community enterprise. Historic buildings and places play an essential role in daily life, cultural identity and the economy. The historic environment can inspire creativity and enterprise, bring communities together, and make people happier about where they live.

The Chief Executive will have overall responsibility for the operational management of the AHF and, with the Board, devise and implement the organisation’s strategy. 
The ideal candidate will bring a broad range of experience of working with a board, leading and managing a team and managing a large budget.

The Architectural Heritage Fund has engaged Wild Search to advise on this appointment.
Anyone interested in applying should contact them to discuss the requirements further or apply by email (ahf@wildsearch.org) including:

  1. A full curriculum vitae;

  2. A covering note of c500 words, setting out relevant experience and interest;

  3. Names and contact details of three referees.

Referees will not be contacted without the express permission of candidates.
For further information, or to request a Candidate Brief, please contact Poppy Bryanton or Florence Stanton at Wild Search on 0207 233 2215, or click here for further details.

Deadline for applications: 9am on 5th June 2017.

Job opportunity - Director of Dunoon Burgh Hall

Architectural Heritage Fund

The AHF-supported Dunoon Burgh Halls regeneration project has a fantastic new job opportunity for a Director.

This newly-created post is a dynamic opportunity to lead an arts-led community venue, based in the recently transformed Dunoon Burgh Hall. This requires a Director with the ability to head up and energise projects, mobilise and establish working relationships locally and with the wider region, generate income and develop high-level arts and culture relationships. 
 
The Director will lead in all business, strategic and development aspects to deliver the five-year business plan and to continue the development of the on-going, inspired arts programme. The successful candidate will strengthen relationships with funders and stakeholders, lead and manage the operating team, align with the Board on performance targets, as well as continuing to develop community and partnering relationships. 
 
Strong commercial, financial, organisation and communication skills are required, as well as the ability to consider broader social issues. Knowledge/experience of visual and performing arts is an important asset.

Full job description and applicant’s pack can be found at: www.dunoonburghhall.org.uk/news.php
For information on Argyll and Bute Council’s Rural Resettlement fund, visit www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/rrf
 
Submit covering letter, C.V. and a personal statement to: info@dunoonburghhall.org.uk by 22nd May 2017.  Interviews will be held on either 31st May or 1st June 2017 in Dunoon.

Docomomo UK Day Conference - Listing Modern Architecture

Architectural Heritage Fund

Modern buildings - particularly post-war ones - have had a fascinating and at times controversial relationship with the listing process. At a time when the architectural legacy of the recent past is more in the public spotlight than ever, and the capacity of local authorities and organisations to look after ageing building stock is coming under pressure, listing significant buildings from the 20th century was never more important.

Find out more at Docomomo's Day Conference on May 6th in London.

 

The Bright Ideas Fund is OPEN for English applications!

Architectural Heritage Fund

Round two of the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is now open! 

The Bright Ideas Fund aims to give your community group the support and tools you need to set up a community business.

The £1.85 million, two-year programme is already helping groups get their bright NEW ideas for a community business up and running, through a programme of tailoredcommunity business development support and early stage finance of up to £20,000.

Community business are businesses that are locally rootedaccountable to the local community, will benefit the local community and have a broad community impact. If your business idea sounds like it could be a community business, then this fund is for you!

Round two applications will be accepted until the 31 May 2017 from organisations in England only.

Find out more here