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Excellence in Planning for Built Heritage

Leicester Local HeritageLeicester Local Heritage Asset Register

Submitted by: Leicester City Council

The Local Heritage Asset Register for Leicester was published by Leicester City Council in November 2016. Produced in-house by the Planning Department, the document and various related projects represent a critical phase in the development of sound management tools for the historic environment in the city. Recent work represents a strong commitment to embedding heritage concerns into the wider development management functions of the City Council and sits as an outstanding example of innovative local authority work in planning for heritage.

Image Credit: Leicester City Council


Fingal Heritage Properties

Fingal Heritage Properties Review

Submitted by: SLR Consulting & Fingal County Council

Organisations involved: Fingal County Council, Alan Hill Tourism and Nevin Associates.

Fingal County Council, north Dublin, has the largest portfolio of heritage properties in Ireland, comprising castles, country house estates, historic mills, a network of Martello Towers, historic gardens and Georgian townhouses. The review examines the strategic management and operational performance of these heritage assets and aligns this with the Council's heritage led regeneration strategy. The Council has since acted on the leading recommendation of the review to implement a new best practice operating model which will be the first on this scale in Ireland to address the many complexities of sustainable heritage management, funding and delivery.

Image Credit: SLR Consulting


City Of London ChurchyardsCity of London Churchyards: statements of significance project

Submitted by: City of London Corporation

The City churchyards are a group of non-designated heritage assets with high significance and amenity value that had been little studied before. Officers investigated the history and archaeology of 62 City churchyards, followed by assessments of their built, landscaped and ambient characteristics. Mindful of an anticipated growth in user numbers, officers produced statements of significance for individual churchyards to promote their conservation and explore the opportunities for placemaking. On a strategic level, the document forms an evidence base to shape relevant policies in the ongoing Local Plan review and sets out a positive strategy for the churchyards' preservation and enhancement.

Image Credit: City of London Corporation


Seamus Heaney Homeplace

The Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Submitted by: Mid Ulster District Council

Organisations involved: W&M Given Architects, Brendan Loughran & Sons Ltd, Tandem Design, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Tourism NI, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Heritage Lottery Fund

Built and owned by Mid Ulster District Council the Seamus Heaney HomePlace is a flagship new arts, literary and visitor centre dedicated to the Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and located in the heart of Mid-Ulster. It is located in the village of Bellaghy, at the heart of where Seamus Heaney was born, raised and where he drew much of the inspiration. After Seamus Heaney's untimely death and with support from the Heaney family, the idea of the Homeplace took hold and today the Seamus Heaney HomePlace is 'a home for inspiration, echoing the life, literature and legacy of Seamus Heaney'.

Image Credit: Mid Ulster District Council


Saltcoats Town Hall Saltcoats Town Hall

Submitted by: North Ayrshire Council

Organisations involved: Scottish Government and Historic Environment Scotland.

Saltcoats Town Hall is a key historical building in the heart of Saltcoats, which had suffered from significant decline to the point of closure, reflecting a pattern experienced in the wider town centre. A £2.9m program of refurbishment works was drawn up which carefully retained the historical character of the listed building whilst meeting the needs of staff and stakeholders a like. These works were completed over 18 months with the building opening its doors to the public for the first time in over 6 years, on 15th February 2016. The creation of 360m² of office space and the re-establishment of a treasured community hall space.

Image Credit: Nigel Rigden and NAC Officers


Dalkeith Town Centre

Dalkeith Town Centre Heritage Regeneration

Submitted by: Midlothian Council

In 2007, a partnership was formed between Midlothian Council and Dalkeith Business Renewal to regenerate and enhance the historic town centre of Dalkeith. The project has included a Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) programme, a Conservation Area Renewal Scheme (CARS) project, the restoration of Dalkeith Corn Exchange, community heritage projects and the restoration of the 19th century Burns Monument. The project has secured a total investment of £4.08million in Dalkeith town centre since work started in 2009. The project is still continuing.

Image Credit: R Lugg

Old Railway Quarter Old Railway Quarter

Submitted by: Swindon Borough Council / Thomas Homes Ltd

Organisations involved: Heritage England

The scheme comprises a 201 home development, encompassing the restoration of a Grade II* Listed building, in the Swindon Railway Works Conservation Area. The scheme also delivers the restoration for public display of key heritage assets at the site.

This development is an example of an enlightened housebuilder and a proactive local planning authority working in collaboration. This collaboration has enabled Thomas Homes to deliver a development of the highest quality that enhances the qualities of the renowned and historic Swindon Railway Works area.

Image Credit: Thomas Homes Ltd


Tramshed Tramshed

Submitted by: WYG

Other Organisations: DS Properties, EWA, Austin Partnership and Cardiff Council

The redevelopment of the Tramshed constitutes a high complex quality mixed-use scheme, and promotes vitality, diversity and sustainability. The proposal has significantly improved the historic element of this part of Cardiff, and in doing so enhances the character of city as a whole.

Image Credit: T Shed Developments


The Old Glasshouse The Old Glass House

Submitted by: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Organisations involved: New Heritage Regeneration Limited, Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England.

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council led the successful delivery of The Old Glasshouse historic building refurbishment project. This was implemented as a public sector led Direct Development project in difficult market conditions. The project was managed by the Council's town centre regeneration company New Heritage Regeneration. It is one of a structured series of interventions intended to support economic regeneration and growth within the town. NHR acted as overall project manager, led the design team, secured planning approval, negotiated the pre-let to a restauranteur and assembled the grant funding package. The scheme won the West Midlands RTPI Regional Award for Excellence in the Summer of 2016.

Image Credit: Brownhill Hayward Brown Conservation Architects

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