The Prince of Wales has given his backing to a new campaign to get local communities involved in rescuing historic buildings.
The 'Revive to Regenerate' scheme - launched by the Architectural Heritage Fund - aims to champion the idea that saving local buildings is an effective method of triggering local regeneration.
The Prince's plea follows his comments on the Bishopsgate Goodsyard, when he called for an end to plans to demolish the building (AJ 2.5.02).
'This is not about the preservation of ancient buildings for preservation's sake, ' the Prince said at the scheme's launch. 'It is about finding new uses for much-loved buildings - often community uses.
The important thing is that these buildings remain used and loved, and part of the community.'
Arts minister Baroness Blackstone agreed that the process of preserving and then using old buildings often leads to an improved economic outlook.
She told the launch: 'This scheme plays a valuable role, not only in the conservation of the historic environment, but also in enabling local communities and voluntary organisations to take part in the regeneration of their neighbourhoods.'