Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust has been awarded a highly-competitive Heritage Development Trust Pilot Grant and Transformational Capital Grant to regenerate and revitalise the town centre.
Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is one of five building preservation trusts to have received grants through the Architectural Heritage Fund's Transforming Places Through Heritage programme. This programme contributes to the regeneration and renewal of high streets and town centres in England by supporting charities and social enterprises to create sustainable new uses for redundant or underused historic buildings.
The Trust has been awarded a Transformational Capital Grant of £350,000 and a Heritage Development Pilot Grant of £150,000 – making it one of the biggest grants ever given by AHF to a single organisation.
"Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is delighted to receive such incredible support from the Architectural Heritage Fund. The grant means that we can preserve and reuse precious historic buildings which might otherwise be lost. It will enable us to build capacity and push ahead with our ambitious five-year plan using heritage as a vehicle for positive change and regeneration." Darren Barker
The Transformational Capital Grant will be invested into the restoration of 160 King Street, the only surviving example of a 16th century jettied timber-framed building in Great Yarmouth. The jettied upper floor is characteristic of Yarmouth's unique Row houses, making this rare medieval survivor an exceptionally important heritage asset. Once restored, 160 King Street will provide a commercial space on the ground floor and residential space above.
The Heritage Development Pilot Grant will help GYPT grow and build capacity, enabling us to restore and adapt five projects across the town centre. The Trust will use this funding to recruit two new officers to support the development of these projects. Together, these projects will leave a legacy of additional affordable housing and an expanded tourist economy in Great Yarmouth.