26th January 2017
The Prince's Regeneration Trust joins with NFB in calling for action
to secure the skills needed to save our built heritage
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) is delighted to be one of the keynote speakers at the launch of the National Federation of Builders Heritage Group on Tuesday 7th February at Eltham Palace, London.
The NFB, one of the UK’s longest established trade federations for small to medium-sized builders, contractors and house builders across England and Wales, is launching the NFB Heritage Group in response to the risk posed to our historic buildings from a decline in heritage building and preservation skills, experience and expertise.
The NFB and PRT are concerned that without these skills communities will be unable to repair and care for their historic buildings and that immediate, strong and sustained action is needed to prevent any further erosion of the skills base.
The NFB are also aware of the continuing challenges for SME builders and contractors around accessing finance and working to pressured margins resulting in them finding it difficult to compete on a level playing field with their larger counterparts when bidding for this type of work. This can negatively impact on employment opportunities and economic growth in local communities.
Through the creation of the NFB Heritage Group the NFB aims to work with members and construction and heritage industry stakeholders to ensure that the skills, expertise and competences are in place to support a robust built heritage sector going forward.
Nicola Dyer, Operations Heritage Director at The Prince’s Regeneration Trust and The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, will deliver the keynote address:
“If we are to maintain our built heritage then we must train and retain the next generation of master craftsmen. It’s vital that we do this not just for the sake of preserving nice buildings but because those buildings through regeneration and reuse provide economic and social benefits that make communities sustainable.
Loss of these vital skills will contribute to an irreversible decline in our local heritage and consequential damage to our urban and rural neighbourhoods,” said Nicola
Other keynote speakers include English Heritage, National Trust and The National Heritage Training Group
NOTES TO EDITORS:
For interviews with Nicola Dyer and for further information, please contact:
Marcus Stanton, Communications, The Prince's Regeneration Trust
T: 020 8617 0210
M: 07900 891287
About The Prince’s Regeneration Trust
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is a world-leading regeneration charity working in hard-hit areas of the UK to rescue and re-use local buildings to transform lives. Its vision is that restored buildings become the heart of thriving communities. Over the past 20 years it has worked on over 90 projects saving about 1.4 million square feet of buildings and has created about 1,800 jobs. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is committed to:
- focusing on the most deprived communities in the UK, which can most benefit from heritage-led regeneration
- focusing on complex projects where other efforts by the public or private sector have failed – that is, where its help is most needed providing expertise to communities to help them lead the way on regeneration projects themselves.
It runs an innovative 4 year UK wide community education programme called BRICK which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is designed to support community groups which are trying to save their local heritage and create a better future for their local area. Through workshops, mentoring and online support, BRICK can help groups find the funding they need and successfully deliver their projects.