Both old traditional and new building skills and crafts are needed to restore historic properties, retrofit all buildings for better energy efficiency and to build new places that meet the net carbon government targets by 2050.

Our bold plans will see the establishment of regional Heritage and Eco Skills training centre of excellence in the Grade II listed Hillside building on Preston Street.

The centre will provide apprenticeships with qualifications, short courses for people in the industry, do it yourself enthusiasts and self-builders, and it will develop online training too.  

All students will be learning their skills on the regeneration projects planned for the High Street including the restaurant of Hillside itself.

The Heritage and Eco Skills Centre is radical and way ahead of the curve in terms of what it will offer by creating educational and employment opportunities through teaching heritage and eco construction/retrofit skills.

Examples of 'Earthship' construction

This will include the creation of the UK's largest sustainable living ‘Earthship’ - a solar earth shelter that is made of both natural and recycled materials. This will help put Kirkham on the map nationally and attract many visitors and generate a new economic offer for the town.

An initial feasibility study has already been undertaken and we now working on taking the project forward to the next stage, detailed development and design.

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EXPLORE OTHER ProJECTS IN OUr ProGRAMME
Funding Source
High Street Heritage Action Zone
We are grateful to have won Heritage Action Zone Funding from Historic England, and are in the process of setting up a series of sub-projects funded under this programme.
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Headline Project
Public Realm Improvements
Find out how £1.5m will be invested in reviving and re-energising Kirkham’s historic town centre streets and open spaces
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Future High Street Fund Masterplan
In 2020, funded by Future High Street Funding from Ministry Housing, Communities and Local Government we developed our masterplan by Bauman Lyons.
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Shop Front Improvement Scheme
Shopkeepers and landlords can apply for large grants to transform their high street properties help return many properties to their former historic glory
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Heritage and Eco Skills Centre
We aim to create a regional centre of excellence for heritage and eco skills within the restored Grade II Listed Hillside building
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The Kirkgate Centre
Key to regeneration of the town – this prime building is the ideal place for mixed use development leisure, retail and housing
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Arts and Heritage Centre & Community Cinema
One of the most urgent needs expressed by the residents is for some form of leisure attraction, in particular a cinema on the high street
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HS HAZ Cultural Programme
Kirkham has been awarded an £80,000 grant from Historic England to create and deliver community-led cultural activities on the high street
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Health and Wellbeing  Programme
Engaging with Kirkham’s history and heritage can improve the health and wellbeing of local people
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Get Involved and Have Your Say!
Regeneration takes time. Over the coming months, there are a number of ways for you to get involved in shaping the future of Kirkham. We've set up a series of engagement activities to engage with you during the pandemic and beyond.  Please register or subscribe to our newsletter so we can easily invite you to the different engagement activities as we publish them.
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