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Townscape Heritage Initiative

Southgate Street Townscape Heritage Initiative

The Townscape Heritage Initiative is a £1.2 million project to improve this important gateway to the City. 75% of the funding comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund and 25% from the City Council.

The THI covers an area from St Mary DeCrypt Church, to the southern end of Southgate Street where it meets St Anne's Way.​​ Townscape Heritage Initiative Area Plan.

The area has suffered significantly from the downturn in the economy, and a lack of investment has resulted in a decline in condition of the older buildings and the street scene. This project is designed to arrest that decline by supporting local businesses and landlords to invest in their properties, encouraging wider investment and economic activity.

The project offers grant assistance to property owners in the Southgate Street area in order to:

  • reinstate lost architectural detailing (such as windows, doors, shop fronts, gates and railings) and enhance those properties where insensitive alterations have taken place;
  • return vacant floor space within historic buildings into beneficial use;
  • enable repairs to the external structure of buildings;
  • improve the quality and design of the street scene within the City Centre;

Properties benefiting from Townscape Heritage Grants​​

Many properties in Gloucester have benefitted from Townscape Heritage Grants. See the complete list including before and after photos.

The project also aims to raise awareness of the historic environment and the areas special character through a range of activities open to local residents and community groups. Projects will include heritage training days, work experience in traditional building skills and local history projects with schools.

A range of information for property owners is available here.​

Projects Currently Seeking Contractors

137 and 141 Southgate Street are current schemes seeking contractors. Please contact Helen Paull at Quattro Design Architects for further information; 01452 424234, info@quattrodesign.co.uk

Educational Resources

The following is a set of resources for schools. This pack will encourage young people to appreciate the built heritage and how it reflects the City’s long and varied history. There are eight separate lessons that can be used individually or the whole pack can be completed as a terms work.

Upcoming Events​

Why heritage assets should be central to placemaking strategies.

Thursday 12 September.

17.30-20.00 - Speakers from Heritage Agencies, RIBA, RICS and Gloucester City Council discuss placemaking research and case studies, to see how these principles can be applied in Gloucester.

Tickets available from Eventbrite; 

Ask an expert – Architect, Surveyor, Conservation Officer

Saturday 14th September. Free - pre-booking required. 

10.00 – 14.00 - Are you planning some work to your property? Want some advice on permissions and making changes? Gloucester City Conservation Officers, RIBA Architects and RICS Surveyors are here to help!

Causes of damp and how to treat them

Saturday 14th September. Free - pre-booking required. 

15.00 – 17.00 - If you own an older property you will no doubt have worries about damp. Often it is the modern repairs to a property that create the problem. Come and find out more with Ben Kerslake of Carrington Lime.

Reinstating original plaster, render and ornamental detailing

Sunday 15th September. Free - pre-booking required. 

15.00 – 17.00 - Lime plasters and renders in your old house allow the building to breathe in addition to providing character and style. Find out more with Ben Kerslake from Carrington Lime.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions or require any further assistance contact:​Heritage@gloucester.gov.uk

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