High Street, Sunderland
Great Britain

The Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust (TWBPT) was established to preserve the architectural heritage of Tyne and Wear through the repair, conservation and regeneration of historic buildings. The Trust is funded from a number of sources which include: rent from Alderman Fenwick’s House and Buttress House; grants from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, other funds from grant-making trusts, local authorities, companies and donations from the public. The funds are used to acquire buildings and restore them. The buildings are then leased or sold and any surplus funds ploughed back into the Trusts’ capital fund which is used to finance further projects.
The Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust is an active BPT and its last major project (over £1 million), “The Close” was completed in 2012. It has recently completed three smaller projects: Dunston Staiths in Gateshead; Blackfell Hauler House part of the Bowes Railway in Gateshead; and the Old Low Light in North Shields. The Trust is primarily concerned with working on projects where it has a legal interest in the property and where the property is either sold or leased on completion.

MARTIN HULSE is a Project Manager working in regeneration with specialisms in heritage, sustainability and the implementation of public art. Martin has an excellent knowledge of the historic environment and is well known throughout the heritage sector in the North East of England. He has worked in the public, private and third sector and now focuses on the work of building preservation trusts. This requires an understanding of the role of local authorities, knowledge of the funding available to heritage schemes and the role of initiatives such as the Heritage at Risk Register. Alongside his work on heritage, Martin delivers public art commissions for clients including local authorities, health trusts and housebuilders. In both fields he bases his project management on the PRINCE 2 model, which he has modified to provide a simpler format for small scale projects.

Three buildings on the edge of Sunderland city centre in High Street West, two of which are listed monuments, and one is not. This ‘Sunderland Historic High Streets’ area is now the focus of a new initiative from Historic England. It is one of the ten areas in the country that have been given ‘Heritage Action Zone’ (HAZ) status. The principle of HAZs is to use heritage as a key to unlocking problems of deprivation and dilapidation.

Prior to Open Hertiage TWBPT had secured some project development money from the Fresh Ideas Fund and Architectural Heritage Fund.  As Open Heritage began the Trust had just secured ownership and was undertaking emergency works to stabilise the structures and repair rainwater goods. Ultimately, the main capital inputs are intended to come from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arts Council and a community share or bond issue.

Aims of the Cooperative Heritage Lab
TWBPT are working with a music social enterprise (Pop Recs). The latter can use two of the buildings, while one is retained by TWBPT for rent (giving the Trust an income), with a timescale to be in-site of 2019, to be operating in 2021. These components will explore the appropriate mixes of innovative and traditional funding mechanisms, including a combination of community share issues, and community bonds and crowd-funding.
The CHL will also map legal challenges, develop new engagement and promotional tools, and strategies for funding (and phasing) which allow for the inclusion of different sources to contribute to regeneration through conservation of this part of Sunderland, under the umbrella of the HAZ, and work closely with the inhabitants of this deprived area.
To act as a demonstrator projects for innovative financial models and organisation that can be subsequently replicated elsewhere by TWPBT and other organisations, to build capacity building among local stakeholders and to connect to the nine other HAZ zones in England.