Regenerus was created in 2004 as South Sefton Development Trust to continue the work of the Government-funded South Sefton Partnership regeneration initiative in the area.
Regenerus achieved a major coup with its first project when it brought Antony Gormley’s Another Place to Crosby beach. This major installation by the Angel of the North artist features 100 life-size iron figures looking out to sea.
The sculptures, which were originally only a temporary feature, attracted so much interest that a high-profile campaign was launched to keep them in Sefton permanently.
They have now become one of the borough’s most popular attractions. Since the ‘Iron Men’ Regenerus has been involved in a wide range of other projects across Merseyside and beyond including:
- Managing the £6-million Investment Centre office building in Bootle town centre.
- Providing a wide range of support to new and developing businesses in the area.
- Providing opportunities for continued professional development via accredited training.
- Helping Merseyside residents to improve their job prospects by offering pre-employment training opportunities.
- Supporting local arts and heritage projects.
- Providing funding for neighbourhood environmental projects via its Ace Fund grant scheme.
- Being commissioned by the European Commission to deliver social enterprise training in five European countries.
- Working as one of the partners in a major European Commission-funded project to promote the benefits of virtual mobility to unemployed young people in six European countries.
- Helping local residents to learn horticultural skills and establish community gardens via the Taking Root Project.
- Managing Sefton Council’s Environmental Improvements Fund which provides funding for residents to tackle grotspots in Linacre Ward.
- Playing a key role as a partner in innovative European projects including Tomorrow’s Land, Unravel Tomorrow and Feedback.
This video about Antony Gormley’s Another Place was created by Bootle-based Periscope Productions with the help of a grant from our Ace Fund.