Historic buildings at risk across the UK including a listed cotton spinning mill in Salford and the medieval remains of a Franciscan friary have been awarded life-line funding by the Architectural Heritage Fund in the latest round of grants announced for March.
Over £65,000 of grant support is being given to community organisations and not for profit businesses aiming to rescue and regenerate sites of historic interest and community value.
The following projects have received Project Viability Grants from the AHF for professional support to assess the structure of the sites and to carry out options appraisal work to find out whether they can be restored to have new uses and commercially viable futures.
The Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire was awarded £5000 for Greyfriars in the heart of Lincoln City Centre between the medieval church of St Swithins and the Edwardian Central Library. The Grade 1 listed building is on Historic England’s at risk register and is believed to be one of the earliest Franciscan churches in Europe and the oldest friary building in England. The Project Viability Grant will fund an assessment of options for the sensitive conversion of the building and consider a range of management models. There will also be a community consultation scheme including pop up arts engagement activities and workshops, with a strategy for raising the funding required.
The Islington Mill Arts Club has been awarded a £5000 Project Viability Grant for the New Islington Mill in Salford, a Grade II listed cotton spinning mill saved from demolition and redevelopment. Funding will help the group to establish the cultural and heritage value of the building in the context of the existing mills and wider area and heritage of Salford. The viability assessment will assess the proposed use of the building as a Live-Work space for creative industries based on existing market demand and assessment. The group aim to purchase and restore the building as one of the last remaining parts of the industrial heritage of Salford which has undergone rapid development and demolition. The project will include producing a prospectus outlining the vision of the group to secure support for the project.
Other Project Viability Grants awarded in March; Somewhere MCR for 103 Princess Street in Manchester (£1200), AGE UK Mid Mersey for The Mansion House, Victoria Park, St Helens (£2100), Richmond BPT for Yore Mill, Aysgarth(£5000), Kirkstall Valley Development Trust for Abbey Mill, Leeds (£5000), Langport Town Trust, Somerset for Langport Town Hall £3000), South Gloucestershire CVS for Whitfield Tabernacle (£5000), Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust for Cabbies’ Kiosk, Station Square, Dumfries (£1200) and Hinton Martell Village Hall who were awarded £750.