The UK's leading regeneration charity, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, is heading to Stirling on Wednesday 30 March to hold its 20th BRICK workshop at the Tolbooth.
BRICK workshops equip community groups with the vital knowledge and practical skills to save and reuse cherished local buildings themselves. The workshops offer training in areas such as fundraising, finding the right partnerships and creative planning when it comes to reusing heritage sites. Places can be booked at
http://brick-work.org/events/workshop-stirling/ or by contacting The Prince’s Regeneration Trust on 020 3262 0560 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Stirling workshop will include expert advice and training from specialists at The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, Richard Murphy Architects and Historic Environment Scotland. Talks will include repurposing buildings to create a local economic boost, providing spaces local communities want, and creating an income stream to maintain a historic building.
There will also be interactive group sessions and opportunities for attendees to ask the experts about their own projects.
Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, Ros Kerslake OBE, said: ‘We’re really excited to be back in Scotland for our next workshop. There are so many important buildings here with amazing potential to start regeneration in the wider community. There are also so many community groups who have incredible vision and enthusiasm to breathe new life into their local areas. This workshop will include training from some first-class specialists from the public, private and voluntary sectors, and will provide networking opportunities to help groups get their projects off the ground. I would urge any community groups interested in a heritage regeneration project to attend to learn from experts, network with other similar organisations and be inspired to move their vision forward.’
The day will include an informal tour of the venue, the Tolbooth, a Category A listed building, situated in the thriving heart of Stirling city. The Tolbooth was built in 1705 and has functioned as a town hall, a jail and a courthouse at various times. It was reopened in 2002 by Stirling Council as a music and arts venue after a £4.1m restoration. The day will also feature case studies from successful project Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre in Glasgow, and a project in progress – Kilmahew / St Peter’s in Cardross, Argyll and Bute.
Nicola Ferrie, Events and Customer Services Officer at Stirling Council, said: ‘The Tolbooth has always been an important part of the cultural life in Stirling. We have been so lucky to be able to restore and conserve many of the original features of this significant Grade A listed building as well as give it a new life that the local community and beyond can enjoy. I am delighted that The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is bringing its BRICK workshop to Stirling to give more community groups the tools to lead on their own projects and bring more heritage regeneration to the area.’