Town Hall

New Cumnock Town Hall to provide inspiration for final BRICK workshop in Scotland

Recently restored New Cumnock Town Hall to host final Scottish  workshop for community groups needing help saving their local heritage –Tuesday 3rd October

Heritage experts from the UK's leading regeneration charity, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT), have announced the very last Scottish date for the BRICK regeneration roadshow.

The recently restored New Cumnock Town Hall in East Ayrshire will host speakers from Dumfries House, HLF Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and PRT on Tuesday 3rd October from 9:30am – 4:30pm.

This is the last chance to hear from national experts linked to successful Scottish building restoration work.

Historic Environment Scotland's Buildings at Risk Register has 55 sites in East Ayrshire and 38 sites in North Ayrshire listed at risk. There is therefore, a need for sound, professional advice in helping find a viable and sustainable future for those buildings of historic or architectural significance that have fallen into disrepair.


The day will focus on topics relating to governance, procurement and project management, all essential to the proper planning for reusing historic buildings.

The day will also feature presentations on a range of heritage regeneration projects, all at different stages of their project journey. Delegates will be able to learn from exemplary Scottish projects. Gordon Neill, Development & Facilities Manager from Dumfries House will explain how both Dumfries House and New Cumnock Town Hall were successfully rescued from dereliction. Delegates will have a chance to tour both the Town Hall and Cumnock’s restored open air pool.

New Cumnock Town Hall was originally built in 1888 and was used as a town hall throughout its life up until early 2005 when it was closed by the local authority. It then fell into disrepair, and in 2014 it was ear marked for demolition as it was beyond economical repair. In 2015 East Ayrshire Council agreed to pass ownership of the town hall to The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust.

Other speakers include Gordon Mann, who will give delegates an insight into the regeneration of Shambellie House in New Abbey, Dumfries.

Diane Gray from the Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland will answer questions on fundraising, and explain how the HLF grant programme works.

BRICK workshops have filled a huge gap in practical advice, and have helped community groups progress the restoration of projects such as Shambellie House in Dumfries and Carinish School on the Isle of North Uist.

Laura Norris, Programme Director of BRICK , The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said:

“Community groups play a pivotal role in taking on the revival of these important local assets and there is an urgent need to equip them with the right skills to do so.

Come along to our workshop and you will learn from experts, network and gain advice from similar organisations and leave with the skills needed to take your project forward.”

Gordon Neil, Development and Facilities Manager, The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust, said

“The heritage-led regeneration in the village of New Cumnock really has been transformational for the community. The involvement of the local community groups have been key to the restoration of the town hall, but what has been most impressive is the real community spirit that has been harnessed and has been at the heart of all the work. Without the support and enthusiasm of the local people this development would not have been nearly as successful as it is.”

The BRICK programme has been made possible through major grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and contributions from the Alan Baxter Foundation, Purcell and British Land.

Places on the workshop are £19, which includes lunch and refreshments, and can be booked at:

or by emailing brickworkshops@princes-regeneration.orgor calling Sophie Coyle on 020 7613 8508