BRICK Workshop in Cardiff

BRICK Roadshow comes to Cardiff

BRICK Roadshow comes to Cardiff

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23rd November 2016

Prince of Wales's Charities bring BRICK Roadshow to Cardiff to inspire and help community groups save their heritage


Heritage experts from The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) and design experts from The Prince's Foundation for Building Community are bringing a regeneration roadshow to Cardiff to help local communities save the buildings they love.

The BRICK workshop will be at Insole Court, Llandaff, Cardiff on Wednesday 23rd November from 9:30am – 3:30pm.

Experts will be on hand to provide advice and support to community groups and not-for-profit organisations involved in heritage-led regeneration projects in Cardiff and across South West Wales. There are currently 27 buildings in Cardiff 'at risk', with a further 116 marked as vulnerable*.

Workshop topics include preparing your case for funding, community engagement, determining the building's new design and use, governance and project management. There will also be the opportunity to share useful case studies of best practice.

Speakers include Richard Bellamy, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales,  Neil Richardson from Purcell, the architects behind the restoration of Insole Court, and Gavin Richards, Operations Manager for the Architectural Heritage Fund. Gavin is delighted to be participating in the workshop:

"The AHF is here to remind delegates that our advice and financial assistance early on can really help ensure a project sets off down the right path, which can help to unlock further investment and ensure that the buildings we love have a successful future," said Gavin.

PRT has played a significant role in helping to save local at risk historic buildings in Wales. PRT were advisers on the successful restoration of Cardigan Castle and are advising on the Crumlin Navigation Colliery in Caerphilly, Brymbo Iron & Steel Works in Wrexham and North Wales Hospital in Denbigh.

The Prince's Foundation for Building Community have been the masterplanners on Coed Darcy urban village and the new Swansea Bay Campus.

Also speaking at the workshop will be Nancy Lavin, Managing Director of Hay Castle Trust. Restoration and regeneration of the part Norman, part Jacobean and part Victorian Hay Castle is already underway. Building on the creative tradition of Hay-on-Wye, Hay Castle is about to take on a new life - as a major centre for culture, arts and education. Nancy found the advice she gained from previous BRICK workshops invaluable:

"Each heritage regeneration project is unique, but BRICK workshops offer expert advice that anyone can use. We learned about funding opportunities, picked up some good ideas about interpretation and activities, and benefited from lots of shared information and experience," said Nancy.

Rosie Fraser, Executive Director, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, is encouraging all community groups to attend:

“Community groups can play a vital role in taking on the revival of these important local assets and there is an urgent need to equip them with the skills to do so.

I would urge all community groups interested in a heritage regeneration project to attend. This is a great opportunity to learn from experts, network with other similar organisations and be inspired to move your vision forward,” said Rosie.

The BRICK programme has been made possible through major grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and contributions from the Alan Baxter Foundation, Purcell and British Land.

To book a place please call 020 7613 8515 or go to