The BRICK regeneration roadshow has been to Sussex to help communities save the buildings they love.
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) hosted its 13th BRICK workshop in Hastings on Wednesday 15th July.
The three-year BRICK roadshow provides expert advice and support to community groups and not-for-profit organisations involved in heritage-led regeneration projects. The aim is to equip such groups with the necessary skills and expertise to save and reuse cherished local buildings as well as to build a better future for their communities.
The Hastings workshop focused on legal issues and funding options for heritage regeneration projects, as well as ensuring a sustainable future for local historic buildings and sites.
Across the South of England, there are 556 listed buildings or designated historic sites that are derelict, neglected and in a state of disrepair in the region, according to the latest government figures. Of these, 38 are in East Sussex, with five in Hastings alone, and 49 in West Sussex.
Simon Opie, Chief Executive of The Hastings Pier Charity, spoke at the event which took place at White Rock Theatre near Hastings Pier. The Pier is currently undergoing major regeneration.
The workshop prompted great media coverage for PRT and BRICK. PRT programme director Biljana Savic was interviewed on the Danny Pike morning show on BBC Radio Surrey and BBC Sussex, which can be found here. She was also interviewed on ITV Meridian News here. There was further coverage in the Hastings Observer here.
For more information on BRICK, go to http://brick-work.org/