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Fairfield office receives portion of £1.6 million Historic Scotland funding

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April 1 2008

Historic Scotland is to award a total of just over £1.6 million to several renovation projects across Scotland, including the former Fairfield Company shipyard office building in Govan.

The move is part of The Building Repair Grant Scheme, which aims to protect the nation’s architectural heritage and which has seen Historic Scotland invest more than £150 million over the last 15 years.

The former Fairfield office, an A-listed sandstone building, fell into disrepair after becoming redundant in 2001, however the £443,642 earmarked for the project will see Govan Workspace convert the building into a business centre at the heart of the proposed Govan Conservation Area.

Also benefiting from the scheme is Greenlaw Town Hall in Berwickshire, which is to receive a grant of £500,000 to restore the front of the building, providing vital office space with the hall being used for events.

Culture Minister Linda Fabiani MSP said: “Scotland’s heritage is rich and varied and it should be celebrated, but I also believe it is crucial that this is done by embracing what that heritage stands for and continuing to utilise it whenever possible. These grant awards will see real benefits for communities across the country and to the nation as a whole.”

Other projects receiving smaller grants include East Kirk in Aberdeen, Mellerstain House in Berwickshire and Red Tower in Helensburgh.

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