Architectural Heritage Funding ConfirmedPost in Community Ownership by Lucy Beattie
The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is a national body that supports and advises not-for-private profit organisations to develop plans to revitalise heritage buildings. Earlier this year the GDDC made a joint application to the LCT and the AHF to fund a wide ranging feasibility study of community assets.
Following a successful application the organisation has contributed £5,000 to the overall project costs, the bulk being met by the LCT. The AHF was keen to support the project as it explored options to revitalise the historic Garve Public Hall which was constructed 110 years ago in 1909. It is noted that its exterior is typical of its age with harled stone that has been renewed in more modern times. The interior of the building remains similar to its appearance in 1909. The building’s architect is not recorded, but the design and project management was implemented by Roderick MacKenzie the Postmaster of Garve. He worked alongside the Strathgarve Estate staff which included draughtsmen, joiners, masons and labourers.
The hall opens to a high ceilinged room with tongue and groove pitch pine lining to the eaves. The ceiling is supported by exposed timber cross beams. At the end of a hall a wooden panel houses a commemorative clock. On the left hand wall a plaque of dedication is installed in memory of the Stirling Family. To the sides of the hall remain wooden pew seating which is contemporaneous with its construction.
The AHF provides advice and support to organisations seeking to take forward a project that has the potential to meet their priorities and as such they will be consulting with the GDDC to take this forward. A planning meeting to progress this with the Trustees of the Garve Public Hall has been arranged for January 2020.
A key recommendation from the feasibility study concerns the acquistion of additional land adjacent to the Garve Hall on subjects that form part of the grounds of the Garve Hotel. Having consulted with the owners of the Garve Hotel in East Kilbride they do not wish to sell the land which has been noted in the feasibility study. However, the consultants Alan Jones and Assocs recommend:
It is recommended that, following the district-wide community consultation, the preferred option for initial investment should be for the extending and upgrading of the existing Garve Public Hall. It is further recommended that the ideal expansion of the Public Hall would be on land adjoining its footprint as this would enable the hall to offer access to all areas for disabled as well as enhanced disabled parking and general parking. This will help to strengthen any community right to buy application that the development company may submit relating to the hotel ground adjacent.
We would invite all members of the community to keep an eye out for a petition in support of this recommendation that is currenly being circulated for signing. Please see any of the GDDC directors or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org