The Perth City Heritage Fund has been able to assist building owners to repair their buildings in a wide variety of ways, from repairing sash and case windows to roof repairs and masonry. A few examples are given below.
The Old Academy, Rose Terrace, Perth
Building Bio: The Old Academy is Category A listed and was built between 1803 and 1807 as the Public Seminaries to house Perth Grammar and Perth Academy together in a suitable new building. It was designed by Robert Reid (1774-1856) who was the principal Government architect in Scotland in the early 19th Century. The statue of Britannia with a lion was added in 1886 and sculpted by William Birnie Rhind (1853-1933). After more than half a century of absence, we’re pleased to have assisted in rearming Britannia with a resplendent new trident.
What we Funded: Grant awarded to the owners to help meet the costs of essential conservation and repair work using traditional materials in accordance with best conservation practice. Roof repairs were carried out by Ardle Construction Ltd, a Perthshire contractor who are specialists in repairing historic buildings using traditional building skills and materials. The conservation of the statue was carried out by sculpture restoration and conservation expert Graciella Ainsworth.
Grant-funded works included: • lead repairs to roof; • masonry repairs to balustrade and parapet wall head; • specialist conservation and repair of Britannia statue on front elevation.
Timber Window Repair and Refurbishment
The PCHF has offered grant assistance to many city centre home owners to help defray the costs of repairing Georgian sash and case windows.
“I am delighted with my new windows. They are lovely to look at and have made my property warmer and quieter. Without the grant I would not have been able to go ahead. From the start the help I received from PKHT was excellent. It was a very easy process to apply for the grant and correspondence was super. Thank you once again for all your help.” – Mrs Goddard, owner of city centre Georgian flat
14-16 New Row, Perth
The PCHF gave grant assistance to local charity VisionPK to help with the costs of window and masonry repairs to their offices in New Row.
“We are extremely grateful to Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust for its support and advice regarding the repair and improvement works to the front of our historic premises in New Row, Perth. As we are a registered charity the grant … was hugely important in enabling us to proceed when we did. Many people have commented on how much more attractive the building now is, without losing its essential character.” – Bob Ironside, Chief Executive, VisionPK
31-33 King Street, Perth
This small, late 19th century, single storey cottage had been unsympathetically extended in the past and was in poor condition. A PCHF grant assisted the owners with the repair of remaining historic fabric and replacement of modern alterations with more sympathetic designs using traditional materials. The house has been thoroughly modernised inside, but now sits well alongside its larger historic neighbours.