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Historic Fairfield’s shipyard to share over 1.6 million

1 April 2008

A bright new future awaits the former Fairfield Company shipyard office building in Govan as one of the projects to share more than £1.6 million from Historic Scotland.

The A-listed red sandstone building has fallen into disrepair since it became redundant in 2001. Govan Workspace will use the £443,642 to convert it into a business centre at the heart of the proposed Govan Conservation Area.

Culture Minister Linda Fabiani MSP said: “Govan’s shipbuilding past is firmly tied to Scotland’s development as an industrial nation and identity. It represents our aptitude for engineering, ingenuity and craftsmanship. I am delighted that the office building is to be developed into a centre for business that will bring investment to the area.

“Scotland’s heritage is rich and varied and it should be celebrated, but I also believe it is crucial that this is done by embracing what that heritage stands for and continuing to utilise it whenever possible. These grant awards will see real benefits for communities across the country and to the nation as a whole.”

The Building Repair Grant Scheme helps protect the nation’s architectural heritage and has seen more than £150 million invested by Historic Scotland in the last 15 years.

A former contender in the BBC’s Restoration series is another of the eight projects to benefit in this latest round of grants.

Category A-listed Greenlaw Town Hall won the hearts of many viewers when it appeared as one of three regional finalists. Now £500,000 has been earmarked for a project to reuse this neo-classical building as offices.

Ms Fabiani added: “Greenlaw Town Hall captured so many people’s imagination when it was shown on television, but at that time there was sadly no end use identified for it. It is an immediately striking building with an interesting history, but its sheer size made it a complex project.

“I am delighted that the Greenlaw Town Hall Trust has now found a way for this elegant county building to play a part in its community again.”

The projects to benefit are:

Greenlaw Town Hall
Berwickshire
Grant £ 500,000

Greenlaw Town Hall sits prominently within the heart of this modest village. The Town Hall, which was built between 1829 and 1831 as the county buildings, has had various uses as an antiques store, swimming pool and community centre but has been unused since the mid 1990s. The restoration to the front of the building will provide vital office space with the hall being used for events.

Fairfield Office Building
1048 Govan Road Glasgow
Grant £443,642

The derelict Fairfield office building is on the Buildings at Risk register but the applicant, Govan Workspace Ltd., intends to bring economic activity and jobs back to this site by creating office space and a heritage centre to celebrate Govan’s outstanding role in world shipbuilding. The project to this historic building will also provide training opportunities in lime work, glazier work, carpentry and other traditional skills.

56 Main Street
Broadsea, Fraserburgh
Grant £46,200

56 Main Street is the last remaining fisherman’s building to survive in Broadsea in anything like its original condition and is B-listed in recognition of its regional significance. The property has been derelict for a number of years following a fire. The restoration will ensure its long term survival.

East Kirk of St Nicholas United
Aberdeen
Grant £260,451

The East Kirk is one of Aberdeen’s most important historic buildings and one of Scotland’s largest Burgh kirks. The original church, known as the Mither Kirk, dated from 1151. The Mither Kirk Project Trust has outlined a project to make the building wind and watertight to prevent further deterioration of this A-listed building and open it up to wider use.

Mellerstain House
Gordon, Berwickshire
Grant £100,753

Mellerstain was built in two main phases. The earliest work consists of two wings which built c.1725 to plans by William Adam on the site of an earlier house demolished for the new work. It is A-listed and is of national importance in terms of tourism and houses a fine collection of paintings, furnishings and historic needlework. The work planned by the Earl of Haddington Mellerstain Trust will ensure it remains accessible to visitors.

Alms Collection House
St Nicholas Buccleuch Church, Dalkeith
Grant £25,500

The Alms Collection House is unique in that it is the only known building in a Scottish churchyard built specifically for the collection of alms money for the poor of the parish. The St Nicholas Apse Trust plan to carry out essential repairs to prevent further deterioration of the A-listed building and bring it back into use.

Fountain Gardens
Paisley
Grant £167,750

Fountain Gardens were opened in 18868 to the north of Paisley town centre and were gifted to the town by Thomas Coats. He appointed Glasgow-based landscape architect James Niven to design the gardens and gave him free reign with little consideration of expense. He commissioned the Sun Foundry to produce the fountain and other elaborate ironwork, most of which no longer exist. Renfrewshire Council intend to repair the fountain, Burns’ statue, railings and gates at Love Street.

Red Tower
4 Douglas Drive West, Helensburgh
Grant £124,261

Category A-listed Red Tower was built for James Allan, a Glasgow merchant. The Mungo Foundation plans work to repair the fabric of the building and the roof in particular to allow it to continue as a rehabilitation and respite centre.

Notes to 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.

  • A total of £1,668,557 has been awarded in this round of funding.


  • A series of criteria are used to decide on grants, including the social, educational and economic benefits the project would bring to the community as well as the urgency of the repairs.

  • At this stage the grant offers are conditional and projects have to gain all the necessary permissions and meet all agreed delivery conditions.

For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk