Kirriemuir Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)

This five-year project, funded jointly by Historic Environment Scotland and Angus Council, aimed to promote a greater public awareness and appreciation of the built heritage within the Conservation area, to contribute to the economic and social regeneration of Kirriemuir.

The project has invested over £1.1m in building repair works and public realm improvements within the Conservation Area, and developed traditional building skills training workshops and practice to raise awareness in the built heritage of “the wee red toon”.

The five-year heritage regeneration project has now concluded and all funding has been allocated. Highlights include:

  • 48 buildings within the conservation area boundary benefitting from grant assistance of £845,000. The renovation of the Glengate Hall and 1 – 7 Roods have been flagship projects in the CARS with both listed buildings now occupied and removed from the Buildings at Risk register. Nearly £500,000 of grant funding has been spent on a further 46 buildings which have been repaired under the Small Grants Scheme;
  • Public realm works of around £106,000 for enhancement works in The Square and other improvements;
  • Over 80 people, building professionals, contractors and local residents have benefitted from our training workshops, some of whom have participated in hands-on repointing work to the boundary wall at Reform Street carpark.
  • CARS has also supported Legacy projects in collaboration with local groups including the creation of a Wayfinding App, a Mosaic Mural by Dementia Friendly Kirriemuir and an update of the Heritage Trail.

The CARS Final Celebratory Event was held in Kirriemuir at the end of April 2018 to showcase the achievements of the project. All final evaluation reports and accounts have now been submitted to Historic Environment Scotland.

To find out more about the project see the Kirriemuir CARS StoryMap.