The UK’s Industrial Strategy highlights that investment in heritage and culture can contribute to positive economic and social outcomes, and research continues to show that heritage is a key resource to connect people to places. Strengthening that connection brings a whole host of benefits to those places.
Growth Lancashire has a long history of providing a range of services for Local Authorities, commercial clients and other stakeholders, specialising in heritage, conservation and cultural activities. We have worked on a diverse range of heritage and regeneration focused projects and programmes, and our approach focusses on bringing forward practical solutions to maximise the potential of key heritage and regeneration assets. We have built strong networks over a number of years with funding bodies, local authorities, government agencies and private sector partners. A selection of case studies can be viewed below.
Case Study: Holmes Mill
Situated at the very edge of Clitheroe’s retail centre, Holmes Mill had been empty since 2010. There was concern that despite its Grade II listing, it could gradually fall into disrepair and be demolished. Growth Lancashire assisted local company Emporia Leisure to bring the building back into commercial use.
Case Study: The Landmark
Growth Lancashire was commissioned by a private developer to assist with proposals to develop the former grade II listed Burnley Grammar School building into co-working, office and event space for the digital community.
Case Study: Local Authority Conservation services
As an alternative to a fixed Conservation Officer post, Growth Lancashire has been appointed by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to provide ongoing advice on planning applications for listed buildings and buildings within conservation areas. We also provide advice on the maintenance of Council owned heritage assets, and advice and support on the delivery of HLF projects and programmes as required.
Case Study: Aspen Colliery and Coke ovens
Growth Lancashire worked with partners to save one of Lancashire’s rarest industrial heritage structures. Our role included negotiating initial funding from Historic England, and securing a commitment from the Local Authority to proceed with the project. Furthermore, the company successfully applied for Grant funding which allowed delivery, and oversaw all stages of the project, resulting in the removal of the site from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.
Case Study: Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative
Growth Lancashire provided interim project management capacity and heritage/conservation expertise to Rossendale Borough Council on this key heritage project. Our role included overseeing the procurement of the key contractor, liaising with Councillors or key Local Authority personnel, and maintaining relationships with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Case study: Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
Growth Lancashire was appointed by West Lancashire Borough Council to undertake a review of the Chapel Gallery, a cultural and visitor attraction in the market town of Ormskirk.
Case study: Pennine Lancashire Heritage Investment Strategy to 2020
A collaboration with the Pennine Lancashire local authorities, and Historic England, to identify the area’s key heritage challenges – the Pennine Lancashire “Priority Projects”. Cited as an example of Best Practice, the resulting strategic document defined the area’s commitment to heritage and its approach to delivery.