26th January 2017
BRICK workshop in St Paul's Bristol to help communities save their church buildings
Leading regeneration charity The Prince’s Regeneration Trust will be hosting its 27th BRICK workshop at St Paul's Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ on Thursday 23rd February 2017 from 9:30am - 4:30pm.
BRICK workshops equip community groups to save and reuse cherished local buildings themselves. The workshop in Bristol will be delivered in partnership with The Churches Conservation Trust and will focus specifically on church buildings.
Laura Norris, Deputy Director of Operations, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said:
‘In the UK some of our most important buildings, which have the most pertinent links to our local and social history, are our churches. Where congregation numbers have fallen many of these buildings are in jeopardy and we have reached a critical point where more and more communities risk losing them forever.
‘That’s why we wanted a workshop that would focus solely on churches. We want to show community groups that they really can make a difference, take on what may seem a daunting task, and save and use these wonderful places to their full potential.’
The workshop will include expert advice and training from specialists at The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, The Churches Conservation Trust and other partners including the architects Purcell and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Talks will cover legal issues, funding, and design within a church space. There will also be interactive group sessions and opportunities for attendees to ask the experts about their own projects.
The day will include an informal tour of the venue, St. Paul's Church, Bristol. The 'wedding cake church' (so named because of the way that the tower stacks up) was granted a new lease of life by the CCT in partnership with Circomedia, a circus-training school. Featuring a beautifully ornate Georgian plaster ceiling, stone columns and a wealth of decorative stained glass, the historic interior is complemented by state of the art aerial and trapeze equipment and a pale maplewood semi-sprung dance floor. Whilst retaining its original grandeur and the uplifting qualities of light and space, St Paul's has been effectively adapted to incorporate all requirements for a contemporary arts venue. It is now a stunning and well-loved setting perfect for a wide range of events. The adaptations made to the building to enable Circomedia's use do not diminish the beauty of the building. The animated and elegant plasterwork of the nave ceiling and chancel arch and a fine collection of monuments are still clearly visible.
In addition to St. Paul's there will be further case studies from St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol and Inspired North East.
Matthew McKeague, Head of Regeneration at The Churches Conservation Trust, said:
‘This workshop will provide invaluable guidance, knowledge sharing and encouragement to people looking to save local churches. I hope people from all around the country will be able to make use of this opportunity. Church buildings are such a strong part of our local identity and we want them open and used for a whole host of purposes – community spaces, circus schools, well being centres, music venues, as well as places of worship. This is how they have been used for centuries. The most effective way for this to happen is for communities to be involved right at the start, as drivers of the process. The process isn’t easy, but this event will give attendees invaluable training and networking opportunities that could make all the difference.’
Places on the workshop are £19, which includes lunch and refreshments and can be booked at:
If you need any help with your booking, contact us at:
T: 020 7613 8500
NOTES TO EDITORS:
For interviews with Laura Norris of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, and for further information and pictures, contact:
Marcus Stanton, Communications, The Prince's Regeneration Trust T: 020 8617 0210 M: 07900 891287 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credit: Circomedia
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.
About The Churches Conservation Trust
The Churches Conservation Trust is the national charity saving historic churches at risk, charged with protecting 347 beautiful church buildings which attract almost 2 million visitors a year. The Trust’s collection includes irreplaceable examples of architecture, archaeology and art from 1,000 years of English history.
The Trust is the operator of the third largest heritage estate in charitable ownership in the UK and has an international award-winning reputation in heritage conservation and regeneration. All churches in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust are listed, mostly Grade I and II*, and some are Scheduled Ancient Monuments.
Without the care of The Churches Conservation Trust, the buildings they look after might have disappeared entirely. Instead they are enjoyed as social, tourism, educational or cultural resources, kept open, in use, and living once again in the heart of communities. All the Trust’s churches remain consecrated and are used for occasional worship.
For more, see http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/