There is enormous demand to save our much-loved heritage but there is a lack of experience in adapting historic buildings for future use. We provide the necessary expertise, skills and tools to deliver successful heritage-led regeneration projects across the UK.
We create sustainable regeneration by listening to and learning from those who will drive it, sustain it and benefit from it - local people.
Partnership is key to our success: we work with community groups, building owners, local authorities and other public bodies as an advisor, enabler, fundraiser and advocate. We occasionally undertake projects as principal and step in as developer of last resort.
Through our research and education programmes, we deliver conferences, workshops and publications, reaching a much wider audience than we can directly through our projects.
We have a Social Enterprise Company through which we support the regeneration of historic buildings owned by public bodies and private owners.
These include organisations such as local authorities, Defense Estates, NHS Trusts and central government departments. We also support private owners and small to large developers.
Often a local authority will approach us for advice on privately owned buildings that are suffering from severe dereliction and are at risk, and in some instances, we will take on a building in a back-to-back agreement once it has been acquired by a local authority.
We have strong connections with the private sector and in-conjunction with The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, we established The Prince of Wales Developer's Network. This body exists to share best practice thinking on new and heritage-led development with a particular focus on sustainability. We follow the same partnership approach with our Social Enterprise projects, which helps us broker viable and practical solutions between private, public and third sector partners.