There are amazing people all over the country working on projects to rescue and redevelop precious buildings that will make a difference.
Sometimes it’s a single totemic asset like a pier, town hall, theatre or hospital. In other places it’s a wider neighbourhood focus.
If you want to do something positive and ambitious in your neighbourhood, but it feels too difficult or daunting that’s where I can help. You can do it… with some coaching, advice and hands-on help to guide you through, especially in fundraising, developing your organisation, and building community support.
Bradford Live is working to transform the largest of the great super-cinemas outside London into a commercially viable and sustainable, professionally-run, 4,500 capacity live music/ performance venue, rejuvenating the city and rekindling civic pride.
Built in 1930, this much loved twin-domed theatre played a central role in the social and cultural history of Bradford. It is still important both in the hearts and minds of local people and in the cityscape. I’ve been supporting the Bradford Live team through an HLF Heritage Enterprise application. Fingers crossed for a positive decision in January 2016.
I’ve been working with South Parade Trust since just before I started Jericho Road Solutions and, like all these projects, it’s a saga! I helped them get SIB pre-feasibility grant and HLF start-up grant. Then they became one of the 10 demonstrators in the CADO (Community Assets in Difficult Ownership) programme. In the middle of it all the ownership changed, throwing the project into uncertainty but giving the pier a real chance. The Trust ran a very successful petition – totalling over 12,500 signatures or 9% of the population of Portsmouth – asking the council to issue a Repairs Notice under s48 of the Listed Buildings Act. This prompted CADO to argue successfully for non-hostile standalone Repairs Notices, not as a precursor to compulsory purchase but to lay down expectations for new or prospective owners.
The Clitterhouse Farm Project (CFP)
Jericho Road Solutions guided CFP through incorporation, and is helping with strategic planning, fundraising and negotiating the asset transfer. Working with other local community groups, an experienced board of advisors, Barnet Council and the Brent Cross Cricklewood Developers – the mission is to transform the historic Clitterhouse farm into a vibrant hub for the community and local enterprise. To build social cohesion, create a shared sense of pride in the area and to bring local people together through arts, culture, food growing, the principles of sustainability, skill-sharing, educational workshops and training. CFP was founded in early 2013 by local residents – who all live within five minutes walk of Clitterhouse Farm.
Architectural Heritage Fund
Jericho Road Solutions provides coaching to neighbourhood groups and community businesses as well as working with government, funders, corporates and academics on national initiatives to make neighbourhood work easier. Building on her experience of saving Hastings Pier, Jess specialises in supporting ambitious local projects to rescue the most challenging of precious buildings across England and Wales. She was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Years Honours for services to community assets in the UK.