Heritage at Risk – JS Conservation Management & Town Planning

Heritage at Risk

heritage-at-riskJS Conservation Management & Town Planning is experienced in undertaking Heritage at Risk appraisals of individual sites as well as well as assessments of entire conservation areas. JS Conservation Management & Town Planning are also experienced undertaking training into heritage at risk and undertaking assessment in accordance with Historic England guidance. Projects that have been undertaken in Heritage at Risk are as follows:-

Bretby Art Pottery Showroom, Swadlincote – Heritage at Risk Study, 2016

On behalf of the Heritage Trust and to support a grant funding bid, a study was undertaken into the condition and fabric of the Grade II listed pottery showroom to discover its ‘at risk’ status. This can then be used to support funding bids and further grant funding.

Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham – Heritage at Risk Pilot Project, 2015

The Jewellery Quarter was selected as one of the Historic England pilot projects in undertaking Heritage at Risk assessments by the testing of a new mobile phone app. This project involved working with the Birmingham Conservation Trust by training volunteers in building identification and undertaking assessments of listed buildings to identify condition and buildings at risk.

Hereford Conservation Area, Herefordshire – Heritage at Risk Survey, 2014

This project involved the assessment of the exterior of each of the 281 listed buildings within the Hereford Conservation Area to determine whether any buildings are ‘at risk.’ Some of the most common causes to the loss of historic fabric are the lack of basic maintenance to a building, or the building not being occupied. We can do many things to keep our historic buildings in good condition such as periodically clearing rainwater goods from leaves and weed growth, and clearing moss from roof tiles and monitoring the building for flaking paint, render or deteriorating window frames. The report assisted English Heritage’s Heritage At Risk Survey for Grade I and II* buildings as well as assisting the Herefordshire Council in having an up to date survey of Grade II listings of the buildings within the Hereford Conservation Area.

Rotherwas Munitions Factory, Herefordshire – Conservation Statement & Heritage at Risk study as a result of proposed change of use, 2013

The empty shell store was originally constructed in 1916 and was utilised during the first and second world wars for the storage, filling and treating of munitions shells to assist in the war efforts. The building even has a railway running through it! It was also important in our social history as the majority of the workforce consisted of women. The munitions factory once contained over 300 buildings, however now the Shell Store is one of the last remaining structures from this time. Disused since the 1960’s, the shell store still stands and it is hopeful that this piece of military and social history can once again contribute to the employment prospects of the Rotherwas Enterprise Zone. As part of this project, a heritage at risk feasibility study was undertaken to determine the risk of new uses on the existing heritage fabric of the building. Along with this a Conservation Statement was completed in order to support a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.