The Building Repair grant scheme is an important part of Falkirk Townscape Heritage Initiative. It aims to preserve and enhance the appearance of Falkirk Town Centre through repairing and maintaining buildings and features that give the area its special architectural character and sense of place.
The THI is able to offer grant funding for up to 85% of the cost of eligible repair work. Certain buildings have been identified as ‘Priority Projects’ due to their heritage need, listing and/or prominence within the town centre – these schemes will be given first-refusal of money pre-allocated towards their repair. They are:
- Falkirk Town Steeple
- 9 – 11 Vicar Street
- 24 – 32 Vicar Street & 38 – 50 Newmarket Street
- 185 – 189 High Street
- 195 – 203 High Street
- 6 – 8 Cow Wynd
- 20 – 22 Kirk Wynd
- 16 – 18 Newmarket Street
- 25 – 29 Newmarket Street
- 11 – 17 Kirk Wynd & 2 Manor Street
The remaining unallocated funds will be available to other owners within the THI area, with the maximum grant being determined by the priority category assigned to the property and the nature of the works.
The purpose of the THI Building Repair Grant Scheme is to put into good repair the structure and external fabric of buildings and structures that make a positive contribution to the character and appearance of Falkirk Town Centre Conservation Area. Repairs should be comprehensive in scope and use appropriate techniques or methods of construction. The general principle is that all repair work should follow best building conservation practice using appropriate natural or traditional materials – such as natural slate, sandstone, lime mortar and timber joinery work – on a like-for-like basis. Repairs using substitute or artificial materials are NOT eligible for grant aid and their use is unacceptable on grant aided buildings.