Lower Kirkgate Townscape Heritage Initiative

September 2017 to December 2017

The courses are open to all including local building contractors and building and design professionals, together with students interested in embarking on a career in design, construction or conservation. The training will be focused on Kirkgate, Leeds oldest street, the Townscape Heritage Initiative is focused on this area.

The photographs above shows the before and after versions of the first property to take up the grant and illustrate the difference which heritage led regeneration can make in terms of bringing a building back into economic use. Grant funding is available to repair buildings using traditional materials, designs and techniques. The philosophy behind this is to promote appropriate repairs for buildings of traditional construction both for the long term benefit of the buildings in the project but also more strategically, to promote and educate owners, contractors and built environment professionals.

Courses include:

Monday 11th September 2017 - An Introduction to Lime Mortars for Construction and Re-pointing

Monday 2nd October 2017 - An Introduction to Brick Work Conservation, Cleaning and Repair

Monday 23rd October 2017 - An Introduction to the Historical Development of Kirkgate, Traditional Building Construction and Repair

Monday 13th November 2017 - An Introduction to Plain and Decorative Plasters Date

Monday 4th December 2017 - An Introduction to Historic Windows and their Repair

Further courses will be available across 2018/19. Most days will commence with a classroom-based introduction to the topic followed by a practical demonstration of materials and techniques, with ample opportunities for practical “hands on” experience for delegates.

The courses are provided free of charge and a light lunch will be provided. PPE and necessary tools will be provided, but please dress suitably including appropriate footwear. Days will run from 10 am to approximately 4.00pm

Most courses will be generally limited to a maximum of 20 delegates per course and will be allocated on a “first come first served” basis. To reserve a place please contact Laura Hodson on 0113 37 87725 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

For further details of the meetings, please see the Lower Kirkgate THI Leaflet 

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