William Eichler 02 July 2019

£15 fund to make ‘creative’ use of historic buildings launched

£15 fund to make ‘creative’ use of historic buildings launched image

A multi-million pound fund has been launched to help transform high streets through the ‘creative’ use of underused historic buildings.

From July, the Transforming Places Through Heritage fund – which was opened by the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) – will be open to local groups looking for cash for projects that create alternative uses for under utilised historic buildings.

The initiative is part of the High Street Heritage Action Zones and Future High Streets Fund, run by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The funding is part of a £62m grant from DCMS that will be used to regenerate places by turning disused or underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets and housing.

‘Today we are starting to build a future where the unique historic buildings in our towns and cities will once again play a central role,’ said Matthew Mckeague, chief executive of AHF.

‘With the right support, thriving social enterprises and charitable ventures can inject new life into our great but underused buildings, and begin to reimagine and re-establish our high streets as places of social and commercial prosperity, and common identity.

'Through initiatives like this fund, and the support AHF will provide, there is an opportunity for these streets to be much more than just retail spaces - to regain their role as the heartbeat of energy, inspiration and interaction at the centre of our local lives.’

Culture secretary Jeremy Wright commented: ‘Our Transforming Places through Heritage fund is an innovative approach to help high streets grow as cultural and economic hubs for our communities.

‘I want to encourage organisations across the UK to apply for funding so that we can get more people out to enjoy these spaces.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

HS2 Senior Highways Approvals Officer

Buckinghamshire Council
£36984 - £38881 per annum
OverviewWith construction work well underway, the impact of High-Speed Two has already been felt by our local communities and businesses across the co England, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury
Recuriter: Buckinghamshire Council

Data Developer

Essex County Council
£30500 - £36057 per annum
Data DeveloperFixed Term, 12 monthsFull TimeUp to £36,057 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Health Intelligence Manager

Essex County Council
£53000 - £62500 per annum
Public Health Intelligence ManagerFixed Term, 12 monthsFull TimeUp to £62,500 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Director of Planning and Building Control

Belfast City Council
Circa £88k - £97k
Belfast is one of the most attractive cities in the UK and Ireland Belfast (City/Town)
Recuriter: Belfast City Council

Education Access Coordinator

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Education Access CoordinatorFixed Term, Full TimeUp to £29,172 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue