The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is a charity that offers a sustainable approach to the regeneration, rescue and reuse of redundant historic sites, at risk of demolition or decay, for the benefit of the surrounding community. We work throughout the United Kingdom, focusing mainly on projects in socially and economically deprived areas, where the benefit of regeneration will be the greatest. Our projects aim to provide new employment, training and educational opportunities.
Over the past 18 years we’ve saved more than a million square feet of space in historic buildings – enough to fill 22 football fields – and have created or safeguarded more than 1000 jobs.
BRICK (Building Resources, Investment and CommunityKnowledge) is an important new programme for us, taking education about heritage regeneration to another level and reaching out to a much wider community than we have ever been able to in the past.
It is estimated that there are more than 15,000 heritage buildings at risk of serious decay. Regenerating them is more often than not too complicated for communities to undertake themselves.
BRICK aims to provide advice and practical guidance to the groups who want to rescue such buildings and reuse them to benefit their local community.
Over the period to March 2018 we will be giving this support in a variety of ways, through:
- BRICK Conferences
- BRICK Workshops
- Heritage Helpline
- BRICK Mentoring Programme
- BRICKwork Digital Platform
Many heritage-regeneration projects struggle due to the lack of support on a range of issues such as support with governance, legal support, digital, PR, skills audit, and community engagement. These subjects are not exclusive to heritage/regeneration projects and can be applied to a variety of other ventures.
BRICK brings together individuals, community groups, professionals, businesses, volunteers and others involved in heritage regeneration projects to equip them with the skills and expertise needed to save their local heritage and build a better future for their communities.