RESTORATION work is set to take place on the Royal Mile’s Tron Kirk, after the City of Edinburgh Council approved plans from the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT).
The local authority said that the decision has secured the long-term future management and maintenance of the historic building, with SHBT set to sign a 125 year lease for the building once fully funded.
The two bodies will work in partnership to develop a feasibility study to set out a future for the Tron Kirk, with the council saying it will be given a ‘new and meaningful’ lease of life for residents and visitors to enjoy for generations to come.
Councillor Rob Munn, finance and resources convener, added, “It’s great news that Committee was unanimous today in agreeing such a positive future for this historic landmark building in the heart of our Old Town. We’re very much looking forward to taking this project forward now with SHBT, which has an impressive track record as a building preservation trust and charity.”
Chair of Scottish Historic Building Trust, Maggie Wright, added, “We welcome the committee’s decision to partner with Scottish Historic Buildings Trust to secure the future of Tron Kirk which has had a significant role for the people of Edinburgh since the mid-17th Century. It is a huge vote of trust in the expertise of our director and staff. We share the City of Edinburgh Council’s vision to breathe new life into this very special building and use our experience to create a legacy for generations to come.”