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New lease of life for historic Tron Kirk

Posted: 21st May 2021

Councillors have given the green light to Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) to take forward the restoration of the much loved Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile, giving the building a new and meaningful lease of life for residents and visitors to enjoy for generations to come.

Today’s decision by the Finance and Resources Committee has secured the long-term future management and maintenance of this historic building.

Working in partnership with the Council, SHBT will develop a feasibility study to set out a future vision for the Tron Kirk and when fully funded the charity will sign a 125 year lease for the building. In the short term the charity will fulfil a management role for the Tron Kirk liaising with all existing and new tenants to make sure that the building is open for business as soon as possible.

Councillor Rob Munn, Finance and Resources Convener, said:

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.

Councillor Joan Griffiths, Finance and Resources Vice Convener, said: 

The SHBT have proven to be extremely effective in recent years working in partnership with the Council to provide a secure, viable and sustainable future for other historic buildings at risk, such as Riddle’s Court and Custom House. The Tron Kirk’s future is in good hands.

Chair of Scottish Historic Building Trust Maggie Wright said:

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.

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