The Architectural Heritage Fund made 19 new grant offers amounting to £248,650 across the UK in June for community-led efforts to save historic buildings valued by local communities. Here are two examples of projects supported:
Horatio Vaults, Ouseburn Valley
A project viability grant will enable the Ouseburn Trust to explore options for bringing the historic Horatio Vaults, in the Ouseburn Conservation Area, back into a sustainable use. The vaults historically formed part of the Quayside industry and in recent years have lain empty. Newcastle City Council are reviewing their assets base and approached the Trust to see if they could find a use to derive a benefit to the wider community and economy of the valley. Having worked in the valley for over twenty years, the Ouseburn Trust are perfectly placed to explore develop a scheme that will develop these buildings for a future use.
The Old Brewery, Berwick upon Tweed
The Old Brewery, Berwick upon Tweed has recently been purchased by the Berwick upon Tweed Community Development Trust with a view to providing a suitable building for further education provision. A project development grant will enable the Trust to complete the work required to get the professional works required to submit a planning application to the conclusion of RIBA Stage 3. This 18th and early 19th century complex of building was in use until 1975, first as a brewery and mineral water factory, then to make malt then had a myriad of uses until the mid-1990’s when it stood empty. The Trust is perfectly placed to rescue this building and return it to a use that will benefit the community for generations to come.