|The Tayside Building Preservation Trust|
The Postgraduate Course in EUC has close links with Tayside Building Preservation Trust and the relationship is very important to both bodies. Neil Grieve, the programme tutor, is also the Trust's Chief Executive and manages the Trust from within the college. Many of the postgraduate students become closely involved and undertake practical work for the Trust, varying from day to day administration, to feasibility and development work. With the full support of staff, a number of students elect to tailor their course-work submissions to undertake projects which are of benefit to the Trust. Some also decide to work for the Trust during their six week work placement.
The success of this relationship can be measured by the fact that the Trust has been able to offer employment to graduates of the course, and offer two 'Trust scholarships' in which two students with appropriate skills have their course fees paid by the Trust in return for assistance with developing the Trust's workload. The Trust also offers prizes. The best student on the EUC course is given a place on English Heritage's measured survey summer school, while awards of £100 are given to the undergraduate Schools of Planning and Architecture for the most appropriate conservation based projects. The Trust along with the postgraduate course is a key element within Dundee University's emerging Centre for Conservation and Urban Studies.
The History and Aims of the Trust
Tayside Building Preservation Trust is constituted as a charitable company, limited by guarantee, whose objectives are to acquire, restore and find long term uses and owners for buildings of architectural and historic importance throughout Tayside. The present Trust grew out of the Dundee Building Preservation Trust, which was formed to save the Sea Captain's House and Calender Works, Dundee, from demolition.
Since the completion of this project in 1995, the Trust has changed its name and widened its area of operation. This now covers the administrative areas of Angus Council, Perth and Kinross Council, Dundee City Council and the North East Fife area of Fife Council. The charitable status of the Trust gives it unique advantages in harnessing a variety of methods of financing the conservation of historic buildings, particularly those which are unattractive to the private sector.
Gardyne's Land is a large complex of important historic buildings located in the heart of Dundee. The Trust has recently completed a feasibility study that proposes a number of possible new uses for the complex. Its rehabilitation and restoration will form the centrepiece of the Trust's workover the next few years.
MacDuff's Cottage represents the other end of the scale of the Trust's activities. This small thatched 18th century cottage is located in the small village of Lindores in Fife. The Trust is about to start work upon its restoration and it is to be hoped that it is the first of many similar small projects throughout the Trust's area of operation.
As well as these projects centred around indivdual buildings, the Trust is involved in wider issues such as the creation of Buildngs at Risk Register and Database for the Tayside area. The Trust also offers its services on a consultancy basis to others interested in the conservation of the built environment and can act as a pressure group and forum for the advancement of this growing area of interest.
The many areas of Trust activity provide an invaluable insight for the students of the Masters Course into the practical issues and problems that face the implementation of urban conservation policies.