Edinburgh residents can help preserve built heritage

The Conservation Funding Programme should be the next step in preserving Edinburgh's famous built heritage. Image: evenfh (Canva) CC0

In the Scottish capital, Edinburgh World Heritage is asking locals to help identify which buildings in the city need extra attention. The call for potential restoration projects is part of wider city efforts to “build back better”, post-COVID-19.

The Conversation Funding Programme is financially supported by Historic Environment Scotland. Participating property owners and partner organisations will provide additional funds, Scottish Housing News reported.

Positive impact

Property owners and tenants can suggest both residential and commercial buildings that require renovation. Apart from historic buildings, residents can submit a nomination for neighbourhoods that need extra care. People can make suggestions through an online feedback form.

Well Court in Dean Village is one of the projects which received aid from Edinburgh World Heritage in the past. Image: cdivizia (Canva) CC0

Christina Sinclair, director of Edinburgh World Heritage, mentioned the programme has a positive impact on Edinburgh’s people and industry. “The conservation work is carried out by highly-skilled architects and tradesmen men to ensure a high standard of workmanship.” She hopes the investments in jobs and materials provide a much-needed boost to the city’s economy as well.

Edinburgh Councillor Neil Gardiner believes the project will preserve the city’s heritage for a long time. “The city belongs to our residents. I’m really pleased to see that our partner managing Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site is engaging with the public to help them prioritise where work is most needed. As a city, we can make the most of the funds available.”

Source: Edinburgh World Heritage and Scottish Housing News

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