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Grants for the Granite Mile

5 Aug 2015

For the next three years, building owners in Union Street will be able to apply for some of a £500,000 building repair fund.

The fund was awarded to Aberdeen City Heritage Trust by Historic Scotland and is due to operate until March 2018. This allows the Trust to continue to support and encourage investment in building repairs.

Trust Director Irene Cormack said:

The state of Union Street is the one topic guaranteed to come up in conversation with Aberdonians interested in this outstanding part of their local heritage- this is a wonderful opportunity to halt the street's decline. Aberdeen City Heritage Trust has already helped owners of one Union Street building repair their roof in 2014. Now that the ball is rolling we want to support others to do the same.

Comprehensive reroofing, repair of architectural joinery or restoration of shop fronts could all be in the running to attract support, with Union Street grant rates typically 50% of the cost of agreed eligible repairs.

Douglas Campbell, Trust Project Officer said:

The Trust welcomes this further support from Historic Scotland. This is an excellent opportunity to benefit from assistance with a significant part of the cost of essential repair work. It's now a question of matching projects to funding to ensure that the best use is made of Trust resources.

Union Street remains one of the most impressive architectural and planning endeavours of nineteenth century Britain. It is lined with architecture of the highest civic and commercial quality.

Further details of grants can be found on the Trust's website.

The Trust is supported by Historic Scotland and Aberdeen City Council.