Stirling is set to receive over £1.3 million as part of Historic Environment Scotland’s continuing investment into Scotland’s shared built heritage.
Part of the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), Stirling joins 3 other Conservation Areas across Scotland in receiving funding; £762,101 will be invested in Dumfries; £1,113,949 in Dunbar; £1,240,000 in Helensburgh and £1,386,525 in Stirling.
Buildings prioritised for works include the B-listed Alhambra Theatre and Arcade and John Cowane’s House. Ten properties have also been identified as focus buildings to be repaired through a small grants scheme.
Walking routes will also be supported within the city to improve connections between the historic and commercial centres.
The CARS project will build on the work which has been carried out in recent years by the Stirling City Heritage Trust, funded by HES, and The Traditional Buildings Health Check to carry out a high standard of repairs and improvements to key sites in the city centre.
Local Stirling Councillor Evelyn Tweed said:
‘This is brilliant news, especially at a time where investment in our city centres and high streets is badly needed. Stirling has a rich architectural heritage, and it’s only right that we protect and preserve it for future generations to enjoy.
‘This funding, in combination with other efforts from Stirling Council, the Scottish Government and other public sector partners, means Stirling’s historical buildings can be brought back up to their true potential.’
Local Stirling SNP MP Alyn Smith said:
‘It’s always struck me just how lucky we are in Stirling, that so many historical gems remain to enhance the public realm. I’m grateful for the hard work of Historic Environment Scotland in supporting the repair and maintenance of our heritage, right from Scotland’s first dedicated building conservation hub located here in Stirling, at the Engine Shed in Forthside.’
Stirling City Heritage Trust: https://www.stirlingcityheritagetrust.org/
For further information on CARS, visit: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/grants-and-funding/our-grants/conservation-area-regeneration-scheme-cars/