Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust has been awarded lottery funding for its project to create space for business start-ups within a former pit headstock building. St Hilda’s Colliery played an important role in the development of ventilation, lighting and safety in UK mines after a gas explosion in 1839 killed 51 miners here. The headstock was restored in 1989 to mark the 150th anniversary of the disaster but it has had no use for over 20 years.
The Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Enterprise programme creates opportunities to bring empty historic buildings back into commercial use and give them a sustainable future. AHF funding has played a part in helping 14 projects secure Heritage Enterprise grants since the scheme was launched in 2013.
Tyne & Wear BPT is one of the most active building preservation trusts in the UK and one of the AHF’s oldest clients. The AHF has supported 15 of the Trust’s projects going back to 1981.
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