Hillsborough Castle

BRICK Hillsborough Castle workshop shows how Northern Ireland’s historic buildings can be saved

Hillsborough Castle hosts experts keen to help community groups save Northern Ireland’s built heritage– Tuesday 21st November

 Restoration and regeneration experts from The Prince’s Regeneration Trust will be joined by speakers from the Heritage Lottery Fund Northern Ireland and Purcell Architects to give members of the public advice and help with saving Northern Ireland’s at risk historic buildings.


Hillsborough Castle, The Square, Hillsborough, Belfast BT26 6AG will host this special BRICK workshop on Tuesday 21st November from 9:30am – 4:30pm.

The day will focus on topics relating to governance, procurement, project management, funding, training and education on a heritage project, all essential to the proper planning for saving and reusing historic buildings.

There are many community groups in Northern Ireland that need sound, professional advice in helping find a viable and sustainable future for those buildings of historic or architectural significance that have fallen into disrepair. Once saved, these buildings can be reused and become valuable assets for their local communities creating new and exciting opportunities, such as new community facilities, business space or visitor attractions.

Throughout the BRICK workshop experts will be on hand to provide advice and support to community groups and not-for-profit organisations. Delegates will also benefit from a valuable Q&A with the experts from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Prince's Regeneration Trust and Purcell. There will also be a chance to learn from other community groups that have successfully rescued and restored buildings.

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust has many years’ experience of working on heritage projects in Northern Ireland, including the successful regeneration of Templemore Avenue School, as well as work on Conway Mill and Armagh Gaol.

Laura Norris, Programme Director of BRICK, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said:

“Community groups play a pivotal role in taking on the revival of these important local assets and there is an urgent need to equip them with the right skills to do so.

I would encourage all community groups interested in a heritage regeneration project in Northern Ireland to attend. This is a great opportunity to learn from experts, network with other similar organisations and be inspired to move your vision forward.”

The BRICK programme has been made possible through major grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and contributions from the Alan Baxter Foundation, Purcell and British Land.

Places on the workshop are £19, which includes lunch and refreshments, and can be booked at: https://brick-work.org/events/brick-workshop-33-hillsborough-castle/

or by emailing brickworkshops@princes-regeneration.orgor calling Sophie Coyle on 020 7613 8508