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FREE Heritage Training Day


things are in a bit of a frenzy here at THI HQ with our Market Place consultation really taking off, building schemes working up to full grant applications, visits from the HLF, a hands-on stone carving day for pupils at The Prescot School, a new Historic Environment Intern starting working with us and Atherton Street public realm nearing completion.

We are delighted to let you know that we have another FREE heritage training day in the offing – I suppose the title of this post has already given that away! :-)

The Training day is titled:

Writing Specifications for Conservation Projects.

It will take place on Friday 19 August 2016 in Prescot (venue TBC).

The training will be delivered by Alan Gardner of Alan Gardner Associates. Alan is a Chartered Building Surveyor with Accreditation in Conservation and his background before qualifying is construction. A SPAB Lethaby Scholar, Alan has been the contract manager (often writing the specifications for) major heritage projects like:

  • The multi-million Heritage Lottery Fund-supported restoration and re-use of the Grade II* Listed All Souls Church in Bolton – an enormous redundant church that has been brought back to use
  • Another THIEdgar Wood and Middleton THI – repairing and restoring architecturally-ahead-of-their-time Victorian and Edwardian houses, churches and school
  • The recent repairs to the Headquarters of the SPAB in Spitalfields, London!

The contents of the training day are below. The nature of the training means it is primarily aimed at architects, building surveyors, conservation officer or anyone involved in the repair or restoration of old buildings, but it is free for anyone to attend, just make sure you have boked a place in advance, as places are limited.

To book your place, please e-mail Lyndsey:

Hope to see you there!

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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.

Get in touch

Keep up-to-date by following us on twitter or find out more at 'Space to Create', the THI information centre on Eccleston Street.

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.

Heritage Lottery Funded

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