AHF supports community heritage projects across the UK

In the last quarter of 2015 the Architectural Heritage Fund made 13 new grant offers worth £78,400 to support historic building regeneration projects across the length of Britain, from former church buildings in the remote highlands and islands of Scotland to a 19th century fort overlooking Plymouth Sound in south west England. We are grateful for the continuing support of Historic England and Historic Environment Scotland, without which we would not be able to help so many communities save the historic buildings they value. 

British Linen Bank tenement, Glasgow
Built in 1900 and empty for over 30 years, this is the last surviving traditional tenement in the Gorbals, and one of very few listed buildings in an area that saw comprehensive post-war redevelopment. Now at the heart of another regeneration initiative, Southside Housing Association is developing plans to reinstate its original use, with commercial premises at street level and residential on the upper floors. 

Trimley Station, Suffolk
Local campaigners formed the Trimley Station Community Trust to save this station building from demolition. Located on the busy Ipswich to Felixstowe line – a designated community rail service – it closed in 1967. The Trust is working with a range of partners to bring the building back into use for the community and visitors, incorporating meeting space, a café, cycle hire facility and heritage interpretation. See more here.

Here is the full list of beneficiaries in the last quarter:

Project Development Grants
•    Southside Housing Association for the British Linen Bank Tenement, Glasgow (£15,000*)
•    Urras Dualchas Shiaboist for the Old Church, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis (£15,000*)
•    Glasgow Building Preservation Trust for Provan Hall, Glasgow (£10,000)
•    Strathnaver Museum Ltd. for Strathnaver Museum, Caithness, Highland (£7,000)
•    Citizens Theatre for Citizens Theatre, Glasgow (£5,000)
•    North East Theatre Trust (Live Theatre) for 63 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne (£6,500)
•    Fulham Palace Trust for the West Wing, Fulham Palace, London (£5,000)
•    Fort Bovisand Trust for Fort Bovisand, Plymouth (£5,000)
•    Trimley Station Community Trust for Trimley Station, Trimley St Mary, Suffolk (£1,500)

Project Viability Grants
•    National Trust for Scotland – Little Houses Improvement Scheme for Harlawhill House, Prestonpans, East Lothian (£3,000)
•    North Meols Library Association for the Bowls Pavilion, Southport Botanic Gardens, Merseyside (£300)
•    The Heritage Trust for Bretby Art Pottery Showroom, Swadlincote, Derbyshire (£2,100)
•    New Mechanics’ Institution Preservation Trust for the New Mechanics’ Institution, Swindon, Wiltshire (£3,000)

*includes additional funding from Historic Environment Scotland