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AHF book release - Championing the power of creativity and community

2 May 2019


We are extremely pleased to announce the release of the much awaited book Rescue and Reuse: Communities, Heritage and Architecture written by Merlin Waterson CBE, edited by Ian Morrison, and published by RIBA.

The book surveys how the UK’s historic buildings influence our cultural identity more than we may realise. It presents an exemplary portfolio of richly illustrated case studies many of which are AHF funded projects: the famous Granby Four Streets in Liverpool, transformed by a collective between artists, designers and the community and renowned for winning the Turner Prize in 2015, Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, which has hosted several generations of artists from Ben Nicholson to Francis Bacon and The Hippodrome in Bo’ness which is Scotland’s oldest surviving purpose built cinema.

In writing the book Merlin Waterson has worked closely with AHF’s clients, staff and support officers to produce the case studies. By illustrating the challenges faced, how they are overcome, and the benefits that follow, Rescue and Reuse will appeal to architects, historians, students and anyone with an interest in reviving communities through the restoration of iconic historic architecture.

 “This book is about celebrating the buildings thought to have been beyond saving, brought back from the brink, for the good of the community and thanks to the ideas and expertise of the right architects. The past inspiring creativity and new enterprise in the present, for the future, our cultural heritage imbues our identity and gives vitality to our community spirit, to celebrate, revere and enjoy our surroundings.” Merlin Waterson (Author)

“It is easy to read, unashamedly down to earth and contains a wealth of examples of how communities and architects can create wonderful homes, businesses and places to enjoy that enrich our environments and our lives.” Rod Hackney (Architect)

“The fascinating array of case studies demonstrate unequivocally the extraordinary variety and adaptability of these wonderful historic buildings [helping] us appreciate just what might have been lost had it not been for the tenacity of local campaigners and the skill and sensitivity of their commissioned architects.” Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England

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