£900,000 to help Granite City sparkle

Aberdeen was today awarded £901,100 for heritage-led regeneration projects in the city centre.

The funding is being released through the City Heritage Trust programme, administered by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

In partnership with HES, and working collaboratively with Aberdeen City Council other groups, the Aberdeen City Heritage Trust will deliver this funding through their own programmes to eligible local projects.

The aim is to regenerate historic buildings and city precincts, provide training opportunities, create jobs, and lever additional funding from other sources.

Grant funding will be made available to property owners to support improvements to granite buildings in areas like Bridge Street, Market Street and King Street, complementing work already taking place on Union Street through the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme.

Education and community heritage projects could also benefit.

Aberdeen’s Lord Provost and Trust Vice-Chair Barney Crocket said: “Aberdeen City Heritage Trust is delighted to receive three further years’ support from Historic Environment Scotland.

“This is an endorsement of the sterling work the Trust has carried out in the city since 2004. The repair and restoration of our historic buildings and streets will complement the exciting projects coming through as part of the Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan.”

Past funding has enabled Aberdeen City Heritage Trust to support significant transformative projects, including 49-53 Marischal Street where a C listed building on the Buildings at Risk Register was saved and brought back into use as flats, and the B listed warehouse on York Place, which was transformed through significant repair and restoration work.

Aberdeen’s award is part of an overall £8.6 million being invested across Scotland.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, said: “Through schemes such as City Heritage Trust funding, organisations best placed to understand local needs have the opportunity to not only improve the condition and quality of their local historic environment, but align projects to deliver the best possible outcomes in their communities.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said:  I am confident that the funding will further benefit local communities and the wider economy, providing skilled work for our people.”