Our approach to regeneration

Information about our approach to regeneration of historic churches and buildings

Since 2008, The Churches Conservation Trust's Regeneration Taskforce has focussed on major projects which require a blend of regeneration expertise and community engagement to succeed.

The Taskforce leads our regeneration projects and many of its early projects focussed on finding new uses for large urban churches with extensive repair problems. More recently the Taskforce has extended its work to offer support a range of projects across our collection of historic churches, as well as working in partnership projects with external organisations, including vulnerable churches still in use by congregations.

We find and develop sustainable, long-term new uses for some of England's finest historic buildings, working in partnership with community groups, charities, social enterprises, businesses and entrepreneurs, to breathe new life into historic buildings.

Since 2008, we have invested in multi-million pound conservation and adaptation capital projects at All Souls Bolton, St Nicholas' Chapel in King’s Lynn and St Mary at Quay Ipswich. Working with the Church Commissioners and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport we have also sold or leased a number of churches that are being developed for uses (including worship use) by other organisations.

Through its work, the Regeneration Taskforce has generated approximately £15m of external investment for The Churches Conservation Trust and other projects. This has enabled the CCT to continue to sustainably manage its estate.

We have developed expertise and experience in developing and delivering complex historic building and community projects. We continue to be proactive in identifying new projects and partners for both projects with and outside the CCT estate. The sheer variety of the Trust’s projects – from circus schools to well-being projects to enterprise and more traditional heritage schemes – shows the wealth of imaginative uses for which church buildings can be adapted.

The Regeneration Team promotes a creative but robust approach to delivery, helping communities and organisations deliver high quality, award winning projects.