Visitor centre is answer to Tron Kirk prayers

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ONE of Edinburgh’s “architectural treasures” is set for a new lease of life as a visitor centre under plans to revive the disused building after 60 years of paralysis.

The Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile will be converted into a tourist hub should finance chiefs give the green light to Edinburgh World Heritage’s bid to lease the landmark.

Last in effective use in 1952, the building was briefly occupied last year when it hosted Fringe performers.

Willy Roe, chair of Edinburgh World Heritage, said: “As a category A listed building, the Tron Kirk is a natural priority for us, and finding it a sustainable use is key to its future.

“The restoration offers Edinburgh a unique opportunity to create an accessible and sustainable centre, from which to tell the fascinating stories of the Old and New Towns, and provide learning about our World Heritage Sites.”

City finance convenor Councillor Alasdair Rankin said the Trust’s “experience and expertise” would be vital in 
securing the long-term future of the building.