Regeneration Through Conservation
Following the restoration of city status to Perth in 2012, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust has been encouraging the conservation of Perth’s historic buildings through the Perth City Heritage Fund (PCHF), a scheme funded by the Scottish Government regeneration strategy for cities through Historic Environment Scotland. PCHF’s aim is to foster economic regeneration by grant-assisting owners of historic buildings within the Perth Central and Kinnoull Conservation Areas with the costs of high quality repairs to their homes using traditional materials and best conservation practice.
The Perth City Heritage Fund has now fully committed its third term of funding from Historic Environment Scotland which began in 2018 and ended in March 2021. Phase 3 has been targeting comprehensive repairs to historic tenements in multiple ownership; repairs to historic buildings used or owned by local charities; and unused or under-used historic buildings to bring them back into use. Further funding for 2021-22 is anticipated and will be announced here in due course.
The PCHF Story
The first phase of Perth City Heritage Fund ran from 2012-2015 providing grant assistance to 22 projects. To date, a further 26 projects have been completed through tranche 2, investing over £2 million in the conservation and repair of Perth’s historic buildings.
The first two phases of the PCHF ran between 2012-2015 and 2015-2018 and provided £1.1m of grant assistance to 48 projects, drawing in a total investment of over £2.5 million to the conservation and repair of Perth’s historic buildings. These phases targeted projects with the greatest economic benefit to Perth’s historic environment and included empty, under-used or dilapidated buildings in particular. Demand for the scheme has been so high that both phases were fully subscribed.
Why not take a closer look at how PCHF is making a difference to Perth through some of our case study examples or explore the project map below.