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£400,000 on offer to repair historic Granite City buildings

23 Jan 2014

Grant cash to the tune of £400,000 is on offer to repair historic buildings in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen City Heritage Trust is aiming to commit the money to specific repair and reinstatement schemes by the end of March 2015.

The Trust is looking to support external repairs to traditional buildings and features in the Union Street and Bon Accord/ Crown Street Conservation Areas. Grants normally contribute 40-60% towards the cost of repair projects depending on the type of work being carried out and a building’s location. There is a particular focus on Union Street.

Grant applications go in front of Trust directors, who then rule on the eligibility of a proposed scheme and the appropriate level of funding which it should receive.

Trust Director Irene Cormack said: "We all want to see improvements in the city centre, especially Union Street, and Aberdeen City Heritage Trust can support owners of buildings who wish to contribute to these improvements. We can even help with shop fronts, some of which have deteriorated and do no credit at all to our wonderful granite frontages."

Trust Project Officer, Douglas Campbell said: "Aberdeen has an outstanding historic built environment recognised by national and local designations. We welcome approaches for help with substantive repair work that contributes to its care into the future"

In addition to supporting the work of the Green Townscape Heritage Initiative, ACHT has offered over 250 grants amounting to £1.5M to improve the condition and appearance of traditional buildings since it started making awards in April 2005.

Schemes supported in the past have included:

  • repair of the roof and dormers at 409 Union Street;
  • window repairs and reinstatement at property in Union Street
  • chimney and high level repairs in Marischal Street
  • rebuilding a boundary wall in Mackie Place
  • repair and restoration of 7 Raeburn Place following collapse of part of the front wall

Grants are not offered for running maintenance like minor timber repairs, redecoration schemes, servicing sash windows, gutter-clearing, re-fixing slipped slates or small-scale re-pointing.
Grants can be awarded for re-roofing; chimney and lead-work repairs; mending or replacing traditional gutters and downpipes; traditional shopfront repair or restoration; repairs to windows, doors and other external joinery.

Shops and other commercial properties may be eligible for funding.

Full details on eligibility criteria and how to apply for a grant can be found at www.aberdeenheritage.org.uk or can be obtained by contacting ACHT Project Officer Douglas Campbell on (01224) 522755.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

The Board of Aberdeen City Heritage Trust is comprised of four Aberdeen city councillors and representatives from the University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon's University, Aberdeen Civic Society, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, the Architectural Heritage Society for Scotland plus one other director.