Millport Town Hall, Inverness Creative Academy and Portree’s former Ice House are just three of sixteen projects across Scotland that have secured funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund in the last three months.
Thanks to funding programmes supported by Historic Environment Scotland and the William Grant Foundation, over the last quarter, the AHF has offered over £110,000 to support projects from Portree in the west to Dunbar in the east to assist them in developing sustainable new uses for historic buildings. Common to all projects is that they will re-use heritage assets to help deliver social and economic benefits to their local communities.
Situated in the Isle of Cumbrae conservation area, the refurbishment of Millport Town Hall will result in an up-to-date community space and performance venue, coupled with income-generating holiday accommodation. Following support to help test the viability of the groups ideas last year, the AHF has now offered a further grant of £20,000 towards the costs of the project design team. The vision is that this venue will help attract visitors to stay and enjoy all that this very accessible island has to offer, as well as reinstate the hall at the heart of large-scale community gatherings.
Angie McCallum, Chair of Millport Town Hall Charity, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded funds from the Architectural Heritage Fund. This will enable the development of the concept design moving through planning and warrants towards the procurement and tender stage for the renovation of this historic building. This regenerational project will provide the entire population of the Isle of Cumbrae with a central and sustainable building which will have wide reaching social and economic benefits.”