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New Lanark, Briggait & Comrie benefit from Lottery cash

June 25 2015

New Lanark, Briggait & Comrie benefit from Lottery cash
New Lanark, the Briggait & Comrie have been named by the Heritage Lottery Fund as its latest recipients of grant funding.

Foremost amongst the trio of awards is a £1.5m grant to convert the category A listed Double Row, a block of millworkers housing in the world heritage site of New Lanark, into seven new tenement flats with an eighth turned into an interpretation space to help visitors understand the history of the site.

Lorna Davidson, New Lanark Trust Director commented: “We are thrilled to receive this significant grant award from the HLF which will enable us to realise our long-standing aspiration to complete the restoration of the former millworkers’ housing within this internationally important site.  Built in the 1790s, the Category A listed Double Row has been vacant since the last family moved out in the 1970s and is now in a poor and deteriorating condition. This project will ensure the building’s survival and fulfil the Trust’s vision to maintain the historic village as a living, working community with a resident population.”

Elsewhere the Briggait,a converted Victorian fish market in Glasgow will be turned into a centre for dance and the arts after netting a £755k grant and the last remaining WW2 camp near Comrie will be turned into holiday rental accommodation courtesy of £338,500.

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