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 National Lottery Heritage 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;

The THI is closing at the end of March 2020

Let us know what impact the THI project has had on Southgate Street. Complete our questionnaire, or contact us to let us know what you think.

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.​

Southgate Street Townscape Heritage Initiative Grant Scheme

​​​​Southgate Street shop front, shutters and sign guidance

Southgate THI Conservation Management Plan​

Download an easy to follow Maintenance Checklist

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.

How to use the resources

Lesson 1 - Gloucester through the ages

Lesson 2 - Older buildings of Southgate Street

Lesson 3 - Old photographs

Lesson 4 - Be a building detective

Lesson 5 - Robert Raikes

Lesson 6 - Map comparison

Lesson 7 - Changes in Southgate Street

Lesson 8 - Keeping our old buildings

Educational Resources feedback form

Powerpoint for all lessons

Upcoming events​

Structural movement of historic buildings and how to specify repairs 

Thursday 27 February 10am to 4pm Blackfriars Priory 

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