Historic Scotland funds heritage trust as Perth gains city status
2 July 2012
Historic Scotland is supporting Perth’s forthcoming city status with a grant of £650,000 towards the restoration and maintenance of the town’s unique built heritage.
The award to Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust will be spread over three years, with the bulk of funds going towards repairs on historic buildings. The city will decide its own priority for repairs, within a strategy agreed with Historic Scotland.
The grant aims to safeguard and enhance the historic environment, while contributing to job creation and sustaining economic recovery.
The Trust will receive £150,000 for the remainder of year 2012/13, then £250,000 in each of 2013/14 and 2014/15.
Making the announcement, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “The grant from Historic Scotland will help secure Perth’s outstanding built heritage, enhancing the city and preserving a sense of place.
“Improving the historic properties will also encourage tourism, promote the use of traditional building skills, and make the city of Perth a better place to live, work and invest in.
“Using sustainable materials to adapt existing buildings will also help support the historic environment’s transition to a low carbon economy.
“This award marks the culmination of a successful partnership between Historic Scotland, and Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust.”
The grant has been made as a result of Perth being granted city status, which will be officially recognised during a visit by The Queen in July.
Perth’s historic buildings include more than 360 listed properties, such as the Sheriff Court, St John’s Kirk and Perth Bridge. The Sheriff Court, which is A listed, was built between 1816 and 1819 by Robert Smirke, and is defined by a huge Greek Revival entrance portico and excellent interior.
St John’s Kirk (A listed) dates to the 15th century, with later alterations, and was remodelled in the 20th century by one of Scotland’s best period architects, Robert Lorimer. Perth Bridge (also A listed), from 1766, features seven sandstone arches designed by John Smeaton.
In addition to these well known structures, Perth contains a broad range of traditional properties with vernacular features.
Launched in 1988, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust – a registered Scottish Charity and limited guarantee company, is a partnership between The Gannochy Trust, Perth and Kinross Council, and Perth Civic Trust.
The Trust’s chairwoman Sue Hendry said: “The Trust is delighted with this announcement of Historic Scotland’s support, to create a Perth City Heritage Fund to protect and conserve Perth’s built heritage, helping us to ensure the Fair City continues to live up to its name.
“The scheme will allow the Trust to enhance and promote historic buildings within the Conservation Areas of Perth and Kinnoull, and will complement the Tay Landscape Partnership Scheme currently being developed to celebrate the unique character of the surrounding area.”
At Perth and Kinross Council, Enterprise and Infrastructure Convener Councillor John Kellas said: “I very much welcome this funding announcement. Perth and Kinross Council will work with the Heritage Trust to collaborate on projects which complement our regeneration priorities for the city.”
Notes for editors
- Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.
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