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Workshops offered in heritage building skills

Published on Thursday, August 11, 2016

A SERIES of workshops offering training in traditional heritage construction skills will launch in the Greyfriars conservation area next month.

The one-day courses will be run by Leicester City Council and the Lincolnshire-based Heritage Skills Centre, and are aimed at local contractors and property owners in the city's historic old town area.

The first course – which runs on Monday, September 5 – will offer an introduction to traditional slate roofing.

This will be followed by courses introducing lime pointing on September 19, and the repair and maintenance of traditional timber windows on October 3.

Courses will run from the Greyfriars car park, close to where the body of Richard III was discovered, or at City Hall.

Each course costs £40 per person, and may be offered free of charge to people living in the Greyfriars area.

The scheme is subsidised through the Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Backed by £1.1million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the five year programme will support the restoration and improvement of buildings in the Greyfriars conservation area.

Property owners can apply for money to repair building fronts, to restore lost architectural features such as original windows, fencing and decorative masonry, or to bring empty space back into use.

Sophie Noon, city council project officer for the Townscape Heritage Initiative, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with the award-winning Heritage Skills Centre to deliver these courses in traditional building skills.

“Any local businesses completing the courses will be added to a list which we can share with property owners in the Greyfriars conservation area.

“It’s a great way of helping to ensure that the skills needed to conserve and maintain the historic buildings in this area, and across the city, are available locally.”

All courses are recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) which represents conservation professionals in the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

For more information visit www.leicester.gov.uk/thi or email greyfriarsthi@leicester.gov.uk