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Short Course:Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Buildings

No blog posts for almost a month and now here’s the second in a week – but it’s all good news worth reporting to you.

On the 3rd and 4th December the THI will be co-hosting its first ever heritage skills training event. It is a two-day course called ‘Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Buildings’. It will take upstairs at the Deane’s House on Church Street in Prescot.

This is an accredited course that will count as evidence for people who are studying for Heritage Skills Level 3 Crafts Diplomas, but at the same time the course is open to property owners, property managers, contractors and professionals and would count as CPD (continued professional development).

The course is pretty much as it says on the tin – how to repair and maintain historic buildings in a way that doesn’t harm their fabric, performance, special interest or character. It includes a guide to the legislation that covers heritage assets like listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments that do not apply to a typical building or site.

You might be fine to use a concrete floor, cement pointing or cement render on a modern building, but if you use these materials in a historic building you could be triggering all manner of problems, not least that the very brick or stone the building is made of will deteriorate at a far quicker rate than if appropriate compatible materials and forms of repair are used! Similarly, when repairing a historic building the aim should be to keep as much of the useable historic fabric as possible – quite a different approach to how we tend to deal with modern buildings.

The course is co-organised by the North West Heritage Skills Hub, the National Heritage Training Group, English Heritage, Liverpool Ropewalks THI and of course our own THI in Prescot. The training itself will be given by lecturers and tutors from the Building Crafts College, London – a specialist heritage skills training and apprenticeship centre that draws in students nationwide. Our partners from the North West Heritage Skills Academy will also be in attendence.

Find Out More / Book Your Place

Prescot THI has a number of free places on the course to give to local property owners, contractors or professionals or anyone else to whom the training would be relevant – just get in touch and we can see what we can do. The free places are strictly limited in number.

You can find out more, enquire about the course or book at place here.

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Help shape the heritage initiative by taking part in consultations, or celebrate Prescot's history at events taking place throughout the project. Schools and colleges can also get hands-on with the past through activities and workshops for groups.

Heritage skills training

Historic buildings need people with the right knowledge to look after them. The THI will give people in and entering the local construction industry the opportunity to gain new skills and experience.

The THI will also help people find out more about careers in heritage.

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You can also contact Owen Barton, THI Officer, by phone on 0151 443 2757 or by emailing

Apply for grants

Owners of certain buildings in the Prescot Conservation Area can apply for grants to repair, restore and re-use their property.

Eligible properties are marked in red and orange.

Read the guide to applying for grants (PDF) and eligibility criteria (PDF) documents for detailed information about grants.

Conservation area appraisals

The conservation area appraisal (PDF) is a detailed assessment of Prescot's most historic areas.

The appraisal appendices (PDF) contain more detailed information and the management plan (PDF) outlines how the area will be managed.

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