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About SCT

It is our vision that every asset within the historic built environment be permanently preserved in sustainable, productive use for the benefit of the community

What we do

By connecting an area’s present inhabitants with the history which surrounds them we hope to forge a more beneficial future for the local community. Ultimately, the SCT aim is to present a practical, unified approach to facilitating the regeneration and meaningful redevelopment of heritage assets, that can in turn benefit community and non-profit organisations.

The SCT provides training and consultancy services to owners and custodians of heritage sites through our links to research and practice. We value interdisciplinary approaches to preservation and therefore aim to bring together individuals from different interconnected backgrounds to create a network of like-minded professionals, academics, businesses,  economists, conservation experts, educators, community groups and statutory bodies.

The Trust's objectives are not constrained by geographic location. The Trust headquarters in the exciting city of Portsmouth offers an exciting flexible heritage space to exchange ideas and discuss current and future projects. Our training will be undertaken at sites in and around Portsmouth,
located within the Solent Gateway, it offers both a local showcase of heritage structures and a great base for our global connections.

Our mission

There are many beautiful unused historical buildings all around the UK. It is our mission that every community feels  empowered and is enabled to use these spaces for the benefit of their community, arts and not-for-profit organisations.

Every community knows what it needs. It is our mission that no community feels bereft or frustrated that a wonderful historic building lies unused while their need for space is unmet.

How we work

We help to bring redundant or underused heritage structures back into active and beneficial use by:


  • Forming productive relationships between interested parties to create a collaborative environment that assists in the acquisition of funding

  • Providing consultancy services to owners and custodians of heritage sites in need of assistance and support

  • Providing training, education, and field study within the heritage sector

  • Assisting public and statutory bodies in finding suitable tenants and custodians for vacant or underused structures under their protection

  • Forging connections between interested parties in order to achieve mutually beneficial solutions to heritage at risk

  • Building a network of like-minded professionals, academics, businesses, economists, conservation experts, educators, community groups and statutory bodies

  • Enabling private non-profit owners or occupiers of historic buildings in gaining funding assistance for their ongoing conservation

  • Taking an interdisciplinary approach to preservation of heritage structures

  • Regeneration of natural and cultural systems

  • Pursue a collective approach to the regeneration and meaningful redevelopment of heritage assets for the benefit of other non-profit organisations and community interests

  • Engaging local communities as active supporters of heritage structures

  • The Trust headquarters 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

Who we are

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 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.

A Not-for-Profit Organisation

Not-for-profit status is vital to the SCT, it enables us to create opportunities for leverage of investment from the widest range of sources whilst maintaining the highest degree of protection for the heritage asset.

It is vital that the ongoing custodianship of these heritage 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 guidance maintain integrity for the duration of the project and beyond.

Deniz Beck


Catherine Bradshaw


Mark Goulding


Walter Menteth


Milena Metalkova-Markova


Gail Baird

Project Manager

Chris Underwood


Yuliya Kaizer


Samuel Brooks

Project & Development Support Lead

Adetoun Adetoyi

Social Media Manager

Rosie Penlington


Uchenna Anoliefo


Tarek Teba

Research Lead

Soudabeh Pashaei


Who we work with

Collaborating with a diverse array of organisations, SCT fosters meaningful connections to achieve its mission, from local authorities and statutory bodies to cultural institutions and community interest groups. Together, we work tirelessly to bring new life into neglected spaces, enriching communities and preserving our shared cultural heritage for generations to come.

Arts Council England
Gosport Borough Council
Crying Out Loud
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Gosport Heritage Action Zone
University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth City Council
Historic England
City Arts
English Heritage
Ankle Deep
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