Owners of heritage structures to benefit from €3m fund to safeguard buildings

Owners of heritage structures to benefit from €3m fund to safeguard buildings

By Aimee Walsh

THE GOVERNMENT have announced funding of €3 million for 477 heritage projects under this year’s Built Heritage Investment Schemes..

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme is one of two built heritage funding schemes run by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in association with the 31 Local Authorities.

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€15,000 was awarded to Silveracre House in Rathfarnham

Grants of up to €15,000 are awarded and assists owners of heritage structures to meet the local authorities’ Record of Protected Structures and those in Architectural Conservation Areas to meet their obligations to care for the properties.

The announcement will allow owners and custodians to plan for the months ahead, and all work must be carried out in full compliance with the Government guidelines on Covid-19.

In South Dublin County, the following projects were awarded funding: 575 Woodview Cottage, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 received €1,555.00 for reinstatement of architectural features. Rutland Centre, Knocklyon Road, Templeogue, Dublin 16 was awarded €8,041.48 for rainwater goods repair/replacement and roof repair, structures and coverings.

€15,000.00 was awarded to Silveracre House, Sarah Curran Ave, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, for interior structural repair and Interior decorative repair.

655 Whitechurch Cottage, Whitechurch Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 received €9,075.00 for roof repair, structures & coverings including leadwork, repairs to external joinery, reinstatement of architectural features and materials and Hawthorn House, Ballinascorney Lower, Co. Dublin was awarded €8,328.52 for replacement of outdated services.

At the announcement on Thursday, April 1, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD said: “These awards will provide much-needed economic stimulus in all 31 local authority areas and will give employment to the many small businesses, skilled conservation specialists and tradespeople involved in heritage-related construction activity.”

Also commenting on the announcement, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, TD, said: “It is fantastic to see the range of projects which will be supported by this investment of €3m. This fund will help to safeguard our rich built heritage, keeping many buildings in use and helping to bring many others back into use. It will also have a knock-on economic benefit by generating jobs, providing further employment for heritage contractors and other skilled crafts and tradespeople.”

Details of awards granted under the Department’s other built heritage scheme, the Historic Structures Fund, will be announced following their assessment in the coming weeks.

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