Dear Friends and Supporters of DHBT,
ROSEFIELD MILLS – URGENT APPEAL FOR PLEDGES OF FUNDS
Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust is keen to promote and encourage the sensitive restoration of these very special buildings along the River Nith. Given the derelict state of the buildings, through decades of disuse and neglect, and their sheer scale, however, this will be an extremely challenging project of some magnitude and complexity. A positive outcome will depend on strong community support, as well as considerable resources, vision and determination.
If no other sympathetic developer steps forward, DHBT is keen to lead a project to restore these significant buildings and to bring the site back to use in a way that will render it a positive and exciting mixed-use asset for the town of Dumfries.
Options for the buildings’ re-use would need to be explored fully and rigorously; but it is clear to us that there is an opportunity at Rosefield Mills to develop a project that brings a variety of exciting and creative uses to these buildings, and in particular to make much more of the Venetian ‘palazzo’ frontage on our River Nith. There is scope, too, for creating enjoyable public space that engages with the river frontage on this site.
We appeal to the public for their support, and for those who can to pledge funds or finance – donations or loans – to enable the trust to acquire these buildings if no other suitable developer is found. If you, or anyone you know, would like to help us, please contact the trust by email: email@example.com
DHBT is a ‘developer of last resort’ for the restoration and re-use of historic buildings that would otherwise be lost or destroyed.