Historic buildings and places play anessential role in the everyday lives of the people of the UK, their culturalidentity and the economy.
They can inspire creativity and enterprise, bringcommunities together, and make people happier about where they live. This book explores how historic buildingsacross the UK have been brought back to life through the technical and enablingskills, creativity and sensitivity of architects.
Exemplar projects explored through richly illustrated case studies demonstrate the value to society ofre-using historic buildings, and will inspire a new generation of architects toget involved with community heritage projects at a time of great opportunity.
Drawingon interviews with architects and their community clients, this book exploresthe challenges that they face, how they are overcome, and the benefits thatfollow. Exemplar projectsacross the UK demonstrate what can be achieved through the creative use ofheritage architecture, and provide inspiration for those interested intaking over the ownership of a historic building or adapting one for new usesShows how complex projects can benefit from collaboration between communities, statutory bodies and architectsCelebrates the creativity of architects, their ability to add value, andthe role they can play in shaping both our built environment and culturalidentityPuts forward a powerful argument for the benefits to society of re-using historicbuildings