What we do:
The Sustainable Conservation Trust is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation and use of historic structures. It was founded in 2020 by a collective of architects, experts, and professionals working in heritage environments, who believe that their duty extends beyond preserving and conserving physical heritage within the remit provided by clients. Instead, they see themselves as proactive advocates of heritage – promoting, educating and campaigning to protect it.
The SCT’s aim is for every vacant or underused asset within the historic built environment to be meaningfully preserved through sustainable, productive reuse – ideally, for the benefit of the wider community. The trust emphasises the importance of both physical and virtual preservation initiatives to understand and activate these underused heritage structures, and bring them back into active and beneficial use.
The SCT links to research and practice to provide sustainable training and consultancy services to owners and custodians of heritage sites who are in need of assistance and support. It values interdisciplinary approaches to preservation, and therefore aims to include scholars and practitioners from different interconnected backgrounds, creating a network of like-minded professionals, academics, businesses, economists, conservation experts, educators, community groups and statutory bodies.
Ultimately, the SCT aims to present a collective, unified approach to facilitating the regeneration and meaningful redevelopment of heritage assets that can in turn benefit other non-profit organisations. By connecting an area’s present inhabitants with the history which surrounds them, it hopes to forge a more beneficial future for the local community.
SCT aims to:
Bring many redundant or underused heritage structures back into active and beneficial use
Provide training, education and field study within the heritage sector
Provide consultancy services to owners and custodians of heritage sites in need of assistance and support
Take an interdisciplinary approach to preservation
Build a network of like-minded professionals, academics, businesses, economists, conservation experts, educators, community groups and statutory bodies
Pursue a collective approach to the regeneration and meaningful redevelopment of heritage assets for the benefit of other non-profit organisations and community interests
Engage local communities as active supporters of heritage structures
The Sustainable Conservation Trust is a non-profit organisation that operates under the principle of the Circular Economy
Our work primarily involves forming productive relationships between interested parties to create a collaborative environment that assists in the acquisition of funding
The Trust facilitates practical training and education for all stages and aspects of Project Delivery
We aim to serve and empower charities, social enterprises and local organisations with limited financial means in achieving their goals developing and regenerating heritage structures and the wider historic environment
Operating from a flexible space within the heritage environment we provide working examples of our vision to bring historic sites and structures back into our cultural and functional landscape
We passionately believe in delivering schemes that actively benefit the community
The Circular Economy
An economy that is restorative and regenerative by design.
In a circular economy, economic activity builds and maintains overall system health. The concept recognises the importance of the economy needing to work effectively at all scales - for big and small businesses, for organisations and individuals, globally and locally.
It is based on three principles:
Design out waste and pollution
Keep products and materials in use
Regenerate natural systems
A Not for Profit Organisation
It is vital that the ongoing custodianship of these sites is protected; the use of a not-for-profit structure offers SCT the opportunity to test and prove projects against its values and ensure the organisations who receive support and guidence maintain integrity for the duration of the project and beyond.
Not-for-profit status is vital to SCT to create opportunities for leverage of investment from the widest range of sources whilst maintaining the highest degree of protection for the heritage asset.
We intend to match community projects with heritage sites that suit their objectives
A Brief Insight into SCT
We anticipate a broad diversity of opportunities and outcomes, including:
Assisting public and statutory bodies in finding suitable tenants and custodians for vacant or underused structures under their protection
The Trust's objectives are not constrained by geographic location and our training will be undertaken at sites in and around the exciting city of Portsmouth. Located within the Solent Gateway, it offers both a local showcase of heritage structures and a great base for our global connections. The Trust HQ will offer an exciting flexible heritage space to exchange ideas and discuss current and future projects.
Enabling private non-profit owners or occupiers of historic buildings in gaining funding assistance for their ongoing conservation
Forging connections between interested parties in order to achieve mutually beneficial solutions to heritage at risk
Regeneration of natural and cultural systems
The Trust HQ will serve as an important vehicle for gaining first-hand experience of building conservation and heritage custodianship in practice and in context. We consider this to be critical for the real time understanding of our work by potential benefactors and stakeholders
SCT will seek to forge links with academic institutions to generate learning opportunities within historic sites and to actively engage with ongoing conservation initiatives.
Educators will be assisted in providing students up to PhD level and studying within a range of disciplines the guidence and support to supplement qualification within their field of study.
Our aim is to create a new generation of conservation practitioners through the establishment of long and short term courses that develop technical and practical knowledge, particularly to those within deprived communities and with limited access to such sites.
Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS FInstP
Dr. Celia Clark, Defence Heritage Expert
Board of Directors
Supporting for a 3-year term, offering an area of expertise to the strategic decision making and performance of the trust:
Deniz Beck BA B.Arch. RIBA CA
Dr. Milena Metalkova-Markova PhD.
Senior Lecturer, UoP School of Architecture
Sarah Chatwin Dip. Surv. MRICS FRSA AaPS
Architect, Regeneration Partnership Manager for the London Borough of Enfield & Senior Lecturer at the UoP School of Architecture (2011-2021)
Operational Management Group
Reporting to the Board of Directors:
Chief Executive and Principal, HTP Apprenticeship College
Graduate Ancient and Modern Historian, UoS
Archaeology and Heritage Consultant
Dr. Richard Massey FCA MCIfA
Our early Supporters & Mentors
Prof. Dr. Zeynep Gul Unal
Yildiz Technical University Faculty of Architecture
Vice President, ICOMOS
Dr. Tarek Teba PhD.
Senior Lecturer, UoP School of Architecture
Chief Executive, Peter Ashley Activity Centres Trust
Lecturer, UoP Creative Industries
Founder, Portsmouth Distillery
Course Director, Postgraduate Programmes Portsmouth Law School
UoP, Accounting and Financial Management
B.Sc. B.Arch. FHEA RIBA. UoP Lecturer & Architect
East Wight Landscape Partnership
CEO, Forgotten Veterans UK
Accredited Conservation Engineer
Artist, Refold Studio
Simona Panaro PhD.
Senior Research Associate, UoP Portsmouth Business School
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