Cardigan Castle is being held up as a leading light in the restoration world by taking part in a special roadshow in north Wales later this month.
Heritage experts from the UK's leading regeneration charity, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT), have announced the very last Welsh date for the BRICK regeneration roadshow.
A team of experts linked to successful Welsh restoration projects, including Richard Bellamy, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, Wales, and the team behind the award-winning restoration of Cardigan Castle will be providing advice to the public at the 28th BRICK workshop at Brymbo Ironworks, near Wrexham on Thursday 29th June.
The workshop is aimed at every community group and individual that needs help and support with the challenges of saving a local historic building.
Castle facilities officer Sue Lewis and former Cadwgan Trust chairman Jann Tucker will be giving a talk on the project which scooped this year’s Great British Buildings Restoration of the Year award on Channel 4.
The BRICK roadshow has toured the entire UK for the past four years, successfully bringing together community groups and individuals with the country's leading regeneration specialists, property professionals, funders and volunteers to share knowledge, practical skills and experience so that many more buildings can be saved and reused, right across the country.
Workshop topics will include Richard Bellamy, Head of Heritage Lottery Wales advising on what makes a building fit for funding, Hannah Southgate from PRT explaining how to manage, step-by-step, a complex project, followed by an audience Q&A with a project manager, a beginner's guide to governance, plus Sue and Jann talking about the work to restore Cardigan Castle and turn it into a thriving visitor attraction.
Laura Norris, Programme Director of BRICK, urged everyone involved in a heritage regeneration project to attend:
"Our heritage gives Wales its unique character and draws people to live, work and visit. These buildings are often at the heart of Welsh communities giving them a sense of place. We need to protect and restore them, but in a way that they take on new uses that benefit their communities for future years.
This in many cases requires a collaborative effort. Community groups will learn a lot from the experts at the workshop and from meeting on the day with similar organisations who have dealt with familiar challenges. We hope it will be a forum where people leave equipped with the skills they need, but also energised and inspired by what they have heard and seen," said Laura.