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“Someone (else) should…” – what’s to be done about historic buildings in our community?

Time: 1.00pm
Booking Necessary: Yes

Many of us are understandably anxious about the future of historic buildings in our communities. The ‘rationalisation of services’ and drive towards ‘community empowerment’ presents significant challenges for communities, local authorities and the historic built environment.

Join Glasgow Building Preservation Trust to discuss issues and opportunities around expecting communities to take control of historic buildings. This seminar will explore:

KEEPING IT IN USE
the best use of a building is that which it was originally designed for; is it the building that needs to adapt, or the service provision?

MAKING IT WORK BETTER
Retrofit, not replace: the most sustainable building has already been built – historic buildings are adaptable and are often the focal point for communities.

DONT IGNORE THE CHALLENGES
Dont put it off, why early intervention is best – both in maintenance and management.

But if a building does become surplus/vacant, what happens next:

IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO?
Needs first approach – moving beyond “someone should restore that” – historic buildings aren’t ‘saved’ on the basis of heritage interest alone – they need a viable use addressing an evidenced community need.

DO YOU HAVE CAPACITY?
Responsibility for a building should sit with those with the greatest interest in it – its users/operators – folks who can account for the running costs and are motivated to address repairs and maintenance

CAN IT BE DONE?
Need, Viability, Repairs, Redevelopment and Funding

GBPT’s Andrew McConnell will be joined by Sarah Pearce of Heritage Trust Network and Ailsa MacKenzie of The Pyramid at Anderston to discuss the challenges and opportunities of communities taking control of historic assets in their neighbourhood.

Organisation Information:

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust is a charity that works to rescue, repair & restore historic buildings at risk across the city. We work in partnership with others to give redundant buildings a new purpose and return them to viable use in their communities.

The Trust also organises the annual Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival in September, which celebrates and promotes the city’s architecture and rich built heritage.

Other Information

Travel

Parking: Yes

Accessibility

Physical Access to Building: Fully Accessible (access to all areas without trouble, including for someone using a wheelchair or mobility scooter)

Wednesday  @ 1pm