Historic buildings can act as a focal point for encouraging local communities to work together. Building Preservation Trusts (BPT’S) are community organisations that have long been a vehicle for the repair and imaginative re–use of historic buildings, acting as a catalyst for regeneration, environmental enhancement and economic improvement.
BPT’s breathe new life into old buildings creating jobs, enhancing tourism and restoring civic pride. They are organisations driven by local communities for local communities, providing exciting opportunities for local residents to take an active part in their heritage. These enthusiastic charitable groups play a vital role in encouraging partnership working between Government, local authorities, private individuals and voluntary sector organisations in order to help improve the historic environment.
There are 22 active BPTs in Northern Ireland who, through their dedication and determination, have created exemplary projects involving historic buildings and their communities.
Specific help & advice:
The UK Association of Preservation Trusts and The Architectural Heritage Fund. Northern Ireland Environment Agency– NGO Grant Aid for acquisition of Buildings at Risk.