A community connected by the belief that everyone can achieve their true potential


The Ridge Foundations CIC’s main aim is to create jobs and training opportunities, primarily in Dunbar. We value our local heritage and want to make sure that the current and future generations are able to appreciate and care for it. We want to:

  • provide training and support to help people find gainful employment locally
  • develop business uses for restored buildings, to create jobs and to provide income to make our projects sustainable
  • develop practical supports to allow more vulnerable members of our community to overcome barriers in accessing training and necessary interventions, to facilitate the fulfilment of their potential.
  • protect our local built heritage by creating a base of skills and knowledge to carry out restoration and maintenance of historic buildings.
  • stimulate our local economy by improving Dunbar town centre as a tourist attraction, as well as an attractive place for local people to live, work and shop

The Ridge Foundations CIC is at once a construction company and a training vehicle.

Board of Directors

Kenn Amabilino

Kenn Amabilino


Read about Kenn here.

Rob Bisset

Rob Bisset


Read about Rob here.

Ciara Strachan

Ciara Strachan


Read about Ciara here.

Graeme Turnbull


Lynn Kilpatrick

Lynn Kilpatrick


Read more about Lynn here.

Callum Porteous



How to contact the Ridge Foundations, please email

The Ridge Foundations #SC545545 Registered Office: 40A High Street, Dunbar EH42 1JH

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Fantastic Funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Beyond

Black Bull Close Clearance and Community Archaeology Project We're so excited to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund has granted us £55,000 to support the next phase in clearing the Black Bull Close buildings and making them safe. This will allow us to give access...

Foundations Work

The Ridge Foundations CIC started work in earnest on 16 October, with 4 new employees, training in masonry skills under Stockdale and Lyall, our ongoing partners. The team is supervised by Pete Smith, the team is tackling a number of jobs on site in the Backlands,...

Black Bull Close: Feasibility Study

We have just received the options appraisal report/feasibility study on our proposal for the Black Bull Close and the buildings within. This is a really exciting time for us and it's important we know your thoughts on it all. We have left two printed copies at the...

Archaeological Report for the Black Bull Close

We have at last got the drawings and brief historical info from the archaeologists. Historic Environment Scotland (formerly RCAHMS) prepared drawings, in part using OUR survey, which were then used by Tom Addyman's team. Their historical information does not go much...

Heritage Funding for the Black Bull Close

The Ridge is working with East Lothian Council to explore ways to save the historic Black Bull Close, where ruined buildings thought to date from the 17th Century have reached the point of being almost beyond salvage. Not much detail is known about the history of this...

Local Area Partnership is funding the Ridge

The Ridge has been lucky enough recently to receive funding from the Local Area Partnership to clear overgrown vegetation from the Black Bull Close. This is a fantastic step forward for us and "clears the way" so to speak to allow Simpson and Brown to carry out a...

Repair and restoration of the Black Bull buildings

Historic Environment Scotland has committed to an on-going long term relationship with The Ridge to repair and restore the boundary walls and masonry elements of the Black Bull buildings.