We are delighted that Pat Cassidy and the Fairfield Volunteers at Govan Fairfields were awarded the 2017 Scottish Angel Awards for the Best Rescue of a Historic Building.
The achievements of Pat Cassidy and a group of volunteers, who have driven the restoration of Fairfield and now steward the building, are truly remarkable. Fairfield is a Category A-listed building, designed in 1891 as the main office of the former Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Company. The group has successfully steered this exciting and challenging restoration from 2007 to the present day. The finished building is a beacon of Govan’s renaissance and is a true asset for the Govan community.
The AHF has supported the work of Pat and his team with a grant in 2007 towards the options appraisal work that helped kickstart the project, as well as a loan in 2013 to help get the project across the finish line.
Both of the two other projects shortlisted for the 2017 Angel Award were also AHF-supported.
Without Jim Mackay, Kirkmichael, a mediaeval church on the Black Isle, would just be a tragic pile of rubble by now. Despite being a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Listed Building, the building had degenerated into ruinous dereliction, surrounded by ugly security fencing to prevent public access. It has now been transformed to its rightful position as a heritage and community gem.
The AHF has supported the project since 2003, when it first offered the Trust a grant, and then later a loan in 2015 to allow the project to be completed.
Portsoy Sail Loft, North East Scotland Preservation Trust
The North East Scotland Preservation Trust has been working since 1985 to preserve the built heritage of Aberdeenshire, culminating in the £2 million project to restore the buildings at Back Green, Portsoy and convert them into the Sail Loft Bunkhouse. The Category B-listed buildings were in derelict condition and comprised a former sail making factory with a finely detailed Georgian house and two associated cottages. The project took the preservation trust eleven years from acquisition to opening as a bunkhouse.
The AHF has been involved every step of the way, from an initial Feasibility Study grant in 2000, further grants in 2009 and 2011, and a loan offered in 2014 to underwrite the capital works.
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