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Heritage experts coming to Armagh to encourage regeneration of ‘at risk’ buildings

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Heritage experts from The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) are bringing their UK-wide regeneration roadshow to Armagh to help local communities save the buildings they love.

The leading regeneration charity will be hosting its BRICK workshop in the Palace of Demesne, on Thursday, November 17, from 9,30am until 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 includepreparing 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.

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust has played a significant role in helping to save local at risk historic buildings. They are the project advisers on the scheme to develop Armagh Gaol into a luxury hotel, restaurants, open air performance space and heritage centre.

They 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.

The THI has grown and blossomed in Northern Ireland since its beginning in Omagh over 20 years ago, helping communities, councils and individuals to regenerate Conservation Areas which display social and economic need.

Examples include Richhill, and the up and coming townscape heritage plans across 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 Mr Gilmour.

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 call 020 7613 8515 or go to: http://brick-work.org/events/brick-workshop-24-armagh-171116/

Picture: The Prince’s Regeneration Trust are the project advisers on the regeneration work at Armagh Gaol.

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