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Founded by Jamie Ritblat, who continues to preside over the company as chairman today, Delancey Real Estate is a leading name in property development, having executed multiple exciting redevelopment projects. In April 2023, the company announced that it would continue in providing longstanding support to the Heritage of London Trust (HOLT).

HOLT was created by the Greater London Council with the mission of rescuing the capital’s historic monuments and buildings. Delancey Real Estate provided funding for HOLT’s annual Proud Places conference, which was staged in London’s Piccadilly, welcoming more than 130 attendees including many young people.

Proud Places is a pioneering youth engagement programme launched by HOLT to provide young people from challenging backgrounds throughout London with an opportunity to get involved in local heritage preservation. Staged at the Society of Antiquaries, which is headquartered next door to the Royal Academy in Piccadilly, London, the Proud Places conference provided young people with an opportunity to showcase their work through presentations and exhibitions. In addition, talks were also given by inspirational speakers, such as Lib Peck and Lord John Bird, with poetry, demonstrations of stonemasonry and much more.

Attended by more than 130 delegates including representatives from several London boroughs, the event made a big impact on audiences, with 80% of those who attended agreeing that the day had changed their perception of youth engagement work.

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The final afternoon session was chaired by Christina Rehnberg, ESG director at Delancey Real Estate. During the session, attendees also heard from students of Swanlea School, who spoke about active citizenship, and Ola Ogwu from the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. Maryam Ansari, New Citizens’ Gateway youth leader, talked about her work with refugees. Arnaud William Mbaki also read some of his poetry, which explores the hidden histories of HOLT projects.

Speaking about the event, Delancey Real Estate founder and chairman Jamie Ritblat said he was ‘blown away’ by the quality of the young people’s presentations and exhibitions, adding that it was inspiring to see the passion they had for arts and heritage. Mr Ritblat said he was grateful to have played a small role in the great work the charity undertakes. Acknowledging that Delancey Real Estate has been partnering with HOLT since 2017, Jamie Ritblat said he looked forward to continuing to support HOLT’s incredible work across the city.

HOLT Director Dr Nicola Stacey thanked Delancey Real Estate for their generous sponsorship of the conference and for supporting the charity’s mission to engage communities across London. Dr Stacey highlighted Delancey Real Estate’s commitment to social impact in the arts, adding that the company had brought vitality to projects with its warmth and enthusiasm. Dr Nicola Stacey said she looked forward to continuing the partnership.

Proud Places is a scheme created for 11-to-18-year-olds, providing them with a unique

opportunity to get up close to heritage projects. The initiative enables young people to learn new skills by participating in creative workshops designed to boost their curiosity and confidence, helping them to feel more connected to their local area. Funded by the Jones Day Foundation, the Proud Places programme was launched in 2020.

About HOLT

HOLT is an independent heritage charity that was launched with the mission of helping to restore historic monuments and buildings across the UK capital. The organisation has been spearheading restoration projects for more than four decades, orchestrating the rescue of more than 750 heritage sites that the public can continue to enjoy to this day.

Delancey Real Estate became a donor of HOLT in February 2017, sponsoring projects across the city, from Bermondsey to Bow.

Led by its director Dr Nicola Stacey, who has 15 years of experience working within the UK heritage sector, the Heritage of London Trust was established by the Greater London Council in 1980 as an independent heritage charity for the capital city. Created with the mission of rescuing historic monuments and buildings, the charity works closely with each London Borough, supporting local communities in need of help.

HOLT identifies projects, commissions condition surveys and provides grants. The organisation also guides site restorations from beginning to end. Focussing on heritage at risk, HOLT encourages local authorities to get behind its work, liaising with specialist conservators to bring buildings back to life. All of HOLT’s projects involve young people through the organisation’s Proud Places programme.

London’s lost histories delight and inspire people young and old. HOLT researches the amazing stories behind its projects, using them to brighten people’s surroundings and daily lives.

As a charity, HOLT is 100% independently funded. HOLT is honoured to have His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester as Royal Patron, with the Duke having played a proactive role in the charity since his appointment in 1980.

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