The College of West Anglia – Townscape Heritage Initiative

The College of West Anglia is working with West Norfolk Borough Council to host a series of projects, as part of the King s Lynn Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI). The THI scheme, made possible by a 1m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant, covers the traditional shopping streets of Tower St, St James Street, Saturday Market Place and the south end of High Street. The first event at the CWA is a three day course (21-23 October) being run by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and is being jointly funded by HLF and the Borough Council.

The event will see a series of expert led workshops in traditional building methods and restoration, including brick, timber, flint and lead being delivered to CWA Construction students. Workshops will include toured walks to observe the methods, in the St Margaret s conservation area in King s Lynn. In addition, CWA Photography, Graphic Design, History and Business students are working on separate projects in conjunction with students from King s Lynn Academy, including new design suggestions with artwork for the area shop and building frontages.

This includes business premises that are currently vacant, to attract new businesses to the area. These designs will be showcased at a public exhibition in Spring of 2015. Course Director for Photography & Graphic Design, Vince Hart said This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their design skills and potentially influence the future look of the town.

Cllr Alistair Beales, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Industrial Assets added: We are delighted to be putting on this course in association with SPAB and the College of West Anglia. This programme will give students a taster of the specialist skills required to maintain and repair old buildings. We are hoping that it will inspire many of our young people to really consider the issues and to go on to develop the necessary skills to help repair and conserve our wonderful heritage for others.

The Heritage Lottery Fund and BCKLWN are funding 2million to conserve, enhance and regenerate the historic shopping streets in St Margaret s Conservation Area over the next 5 years.

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