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BRICK’s final EVER workshop shows how Yorkshire’s historic buildings can be saved and reused

Restoration and regeneration experts from The Prince’s Regeneration Trust will be joined by speakers from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Purcell Architects to give members of the public advice and help with saving Yorkshire’s at risk historic buildings.

The BRICK workshop has been touring the UK for the past four years. It’s first ever workshop was in Yorkshire at the Milton Rooms in Malton and BRICK returns to Yorkshire for the last ever BRICK workshop at The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ on Tuesday 5th December from 9:30am – 4:30pm.

There are currently 619 sites in Yorkshire on Historic England's 2017 Heritage at Risk Register. The interest and passion these buildings create means there is a growing demand for specialist help and support in saving local and important buildings from decay and dereliction and giving them a sustainable new use.

There are many community groups in Yorkshire that need sound, professional advice in helping find a viable and sustainable future for those buildings of historic or architectural significance that have fallen into disrepair. Once saved, these buildings can be reused and become valuable assets for their local communities creating new and exciting opportunities, such as new community facilities, business space or visitor attractions.

The day will focus on topics relating to governance, procurement, project management, funding, training and education on a heritage project, all essential to the proper planning for saving and reusing historic buildings.

David Renwick, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and Humber will look at funding for projects and Niall Phillips from Purcell Architects will discuss reuse options for historic buildings. There will be the opportunity to share useful case studies of best practice, including advice from Judy Cliffe, Chair of The Milton Rooms in Malton –the very first venue for the start of the BRICK roadshow. Delegates will also benefit from a valuable Q&A with the experts during the day

Delegates will have a chance to tour The Bar Convent. The Bar Convent is England’s oldest living convent, founded in 1686 as a school for girls. In 2015, following a multi-million pound renovation it became The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre and the Grade 1 listed eighteenth century buildings are home to a conference centre, guest house, café and exhibition space.

Laura Norris, Programme Director of BRICK, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said:

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

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

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.

Places on the workshop are £19, which includes lunch and refreshments, and can be booked at: https://brick-work.org/events/brick-workshop-35-york/

or by emailing brickworkshops@princes-regeneration.org or calling Sophie Coyle on 020 7613 8553.