Context 169 - September 2021

30 C O N T E X T 1 6 9 : S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1 a great use for the building as accommodation for student silversmiths studying at the nearby Scottish Centre for Excellence in Silversmithing (a project also helped by a CARS grant). The accommodation, called the Silversmiths Quarters, would comprise three self-contained, one-bedroom townhouses and would be run by Vanilla Ink, operators of the Silversmithing Centre. Work started on site in 2019, funded by grants from North Aberdeenshire LEADER, council regeneration fund, HES (via the Bridge Street CARS, HLF, AHF and the PilgrimTrust. Work was completed in February 2020 but the houses have yet to open due to Covid-19 lockdown. John Trail Hotel Project This key building in the Fraserburgh 2021 TH/CARS was identified as a priority when the area was first surveyed. The building was initially understood to have no owner and so essentially handed back to the state. However, on investigation a previous owner came to light, but the company had been dissolved and had to be reformed temporarily to allow ownership to be transferred to the council. The council approached the NESPT to take over the prop- erty so it was able to access funds not available to the local authority (with the same model as Banff), find an end use, raise the funds find a tenant/operator and act as ongoing landlord. This was even further from the NESPT’s core aims as the building was not listed, but there were benefits in terms of continuing income for the trust, and this would enable the council to find an owner/operator. This time the building would be turned in to a hotel; this need was identified initially through community support and confirmed through an options appraisal. Work was due to start on site at the end of March 2020 but was delayed until the end of June by the Covid-19 lockdown. The NESPT has secured funding from F2021, a partnership between the council, HES and the NLHF, Scottish Government Town Centre Fund, council regeneration fund and AHF. On completion in the autumn of 2021 the NESPT will lease the hotel to a local operator. Former Clydesdale Bank, Fraserburgh This Category B listed building situated in the Fraserburgh Conservation Area became available when the Clydesdale Bank closed the branch. It was attached to the JohnTrail Building and created an opportunity to extend the hotel being developed there. The NESPT purchased the building and carried out essential repairs during February to April 2020 using a grant of £140,500 from the Scottish Government Town Centre Fund. Applications for planning permission and listed building consent were submitted in November 2020 and work on the building warrant application is ongoing. The NESPT has secured a further grant of £312,774 from the Scottish Government Town Centre Fund. This will allow the development work to be completed and some capital works, such as refurbishment of the exterior and work to link the two buildings together, to begin soon, with completion this autumn. Tullich Church Consolidation of a medieval scheduled church and the construction of a bespoke shelter to house an important Pictish stone collection.The NESPT put together a funding package from Cairngorm LEADER, Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland,Wolfson Foundation and Aberdeenshire Council. It is a good example of the NESPT, Aberdeenshire Council and the community working together. The scheduled monument, owned by Aberdeenshire Council, was a ruined church which had a significant collection of 17 Pictish stones. A small sum of money had been allocated to a project to con- serve the stones and construct a purpose-built shelter on-site to protect them. However, follow- ing a harsh winter the church started to collapse. This took the project from being a £37,500 project to a £250,000 project, and beyond the ability of the council to deliver without support. The project had strong community support from people who had an emotional connection to the site. The council required the skills of the NESPT as funding specialist to develop a fund- ing package to deliver the project, and to engage the community and harness its enthusiasm to support the application and deliver a training and outreach programme. Cheryl Roberts is environment planner south (built heritage) with Aberdeenshire Council. Next to the ruins of Tullich Church, a new building houses a significant collection of Pictish stones.

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