WHAT IS THE TOWNSCAPE HERITAGE PROJECT?

The Townscape Heritage (TH) programme is a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) scheme to regenerate and transform conservation areas in need of investment.

In June 2015, the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT) submitted a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding to improve, repair and bring back into use, buildings within a defined area within the Jewellery Quarter. The bid was successful, and the Heritage Lottery Fund has given permission for the JQDT to start the project. In total £1.8 million grant funding will be used to support building improvement works and heritage activity focusing on an area labelled as the ‘Industrial Middle’ which forms part of the Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area. 

The funding will allow the JQTH scheme to offer restoration grants to owners of some of the key historic properties within the TH area, to help them carry out much needed conservation repairs, restore architectural features, improve the historic streetscape and help to bring historic buildings back into use. The project aims to regenerate the area, to halt and reverse the decline of the historic townscape by creating attractive, vibrant and interesting places where in the future people will want to live, work and invest.

The JQTH, will run for three years from early 2018 until 2021.

Who is involved

THE TOWNSCAPE HERITAGE AREA

The JQTH area includes Vittoria, Regent, Albion and Frederick Streets, Regent Place and Legge Lane. The area contains a wide variety of architectural styles that sit side-by-side to provide a strong cohesive townscape with building types from the late Georgian period to the mid-20th century. Buildings represent jewellery-making and associated trades at all levels from small workshops in family homes to large purpose built factories.

For further information on the wider JQ Conservation Area please click here: Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area

WHICH BUILDINGS ARE ELIGIBLE?

As part of the Stage Two Application to the HLF, an assessment of the buildings with the TH area was carried out by a firm of architects and heritage consultants. Properties were appraised on the condition of the building, the heritage significance and the value in which the proposals would improve the area. From this a list of priority properties were identified. We will be working with these property owners in the first instance.

ACTIVITY PROGRAMME

We will bring the Townscape Heritage area to life through a new programme of tours, talks, performances and events inspired by the people, objects and buildings of the Jewellery Quarter. We will work with and support local stakeholders including schools and community groups, local training providers, owners and residents, to enable them to get more involved in their local heritage and conservation activities.

We aim to bring new visitors to the area, whilst increasing a sense of ownership and pride in the Townscape Heritage area amongst local residents and businesses.

New volunteer opportunities and an event updates coming soon!

LATEST NEWS

July 2018 – Join us as we launch the Townscape Heritage project at School of Jewellery on 20th July. Book your place at
Celebrating the Jewellery Quarter: Past and Future 

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information on the capital works programme please contact:

JQTH Programme Manager, Mandy Hall 07940 555804 or email townscapeheritage@jqdt.org

For further information on the Activity Plan please contact:

JQTH Activity Programme Manager, Kate O’Connor 0121 233 2814 or email kate.oconnor@jqdt.org

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

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