Armagh & local communities can help save their local heritage

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Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is recommending that local people attend a regeneration roadshow show which will help local communities save the buildings they love.

Heritage experts from The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) are bringing their UK-wide regeneration BRICK workshop in the Palace of Demesne, Armagh on Thursday 17th November from 9:30am – 3:30pm.

Experts will be on hand to provide advice and support to community groups and not-for-profit organisations involved in heritage-led regeneration projects in Armagh and across Northern Ireland. The topics include preparing development appraisals, fundraising, governance and project management, as well as useful case studies of best practice in Armagh.

There are currently 79 buildings ‘at risk’ on the buildings at risk register for the borough, 74 of which are listed. Since 2007, 20 buildings that were on the at risk register have been saved and removed from the register.

PRT has played a significant role in helping to save local at risk historic buildings. PRT are the project advisers on the scheme to develop Armagh Gaol into a luxury hotel, restaurants, open air performance space and heritage centre. PRT have also advised on the successful regeneration of Templemore Avenue School (now the East Belfast Network Centre) and Conway Mill in Belfast.

Speaking at the workshop will be Keith Gilmour of the Townscape Heritage Initiative whose examples of work include Bridge Street, Lisburn, Richhill, Co Armagh, and the up and coming TH in Armagh City.

 “It is vital that the historic environment of Armagh is appreciated, protected and made accessible to present and future generations. The BRICK workshop should encourage best practice to those local communities who are presently restoring or about to refurbish an historic building in the Borough.” said Keith.

Rosie Fraser, Executive Director, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said:

 “Community groups can play a vital role in taking on the revival of these important local assets and there is an urgent need to equip them with the skills to do so.

 I would urge all community groups interested in a heritage regeneration project to attend. This is a great opportunity to learn from experts, network with other similar organisations and be inspired to move your vision forward.”

The BRICK programme has been made possible through major grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and contributions from the Alan Baxter Foundation, Purcell and British Land.

To book a place please call 020 7613 8515 or go to brick-work.org/events/brick-workshop-24-armagh-171116/