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Accredited professional essential for repair grants, say UK heritage bodies

Home countries heritage bodies to require accredited professionals in lead role on repair grant scheme applications

Applicants to repair grant schemes must include a lead professional advisor with relevant specialist conservation experience, UK heritage bodies are to announce. Currently, this new policy relates to lead building professionals only and does not apply to Accredited Conservator-Restorers. Icon is working with others to have the requirement for accredited status extended to other heritage occupations.  

Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, Department for Communities Northern Ireland and Historic Environment Service (Cadw) are responsible for administering repair grants schemes in the UK and will ask that applicants’ lead professional advisors have conservation accreditation.

Historic England and Historic Environment Scotland both operate this requirement on their repair grants. Cadw will introduce the requirement from January 2018 and the Historic Environment Division of the Northern Ireland Department for Communities will stipulate the requirement from April 2017 for proposals seeking support of £10,000 or more from its Historic Environment Fund.

An official statement is to follow.

Image: Beaumaris Castle, Wales; Steve Collis, CC BY 2.0


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