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.
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.