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

Rob Bisset

Rob Bisset


Read about Rob here.

Kenn Amabilino

Kenn Amabilino


Read about Kenn 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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Our first ever Social Impact Report is out now!!

Pop the kettle on and settle down for a good read. Our first ever Social Impact Report illustrates our work over 2019-2020. It was great fun to put together, to look at our various projects and to recognise what can be achieved. We are already looking forward to doing...

Ministerial visits

We were delighted to play host to Aileen Campbell - Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government as she paid a visit to East Lothian. She spent just over an hour onsite, touring the gardens and the work being carried out at the historic Black Bull Close...

Granny Paxton revisits the Black Bull Close

Thanks to everyone who came along to our Community Day on May 18th. The weather wasn't on our side but we had a great day regardless with lots of people stopping by to hear more about our plans for the Black Bull Close buildings. You can read more about those plans...

Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful indeed....woop woop and huge thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund who have confirmed their further support of The Ridge and the Black Bull Close project with the announcment of funding for the second phase of development. Hip Hip Hooray! Last year...

Announcing continued support from the Architectural Heritage Fund

We are super delighted to announce continued funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund. This support allows us to push on with Phase 2 of the development stage of the Black Bull Close project. The funding will be used to cover the costs of professional fees such as...

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...