Townscape Heritage Maintenance Guide – Love it, or Lose it!

‘Would you rip the label out of a vintage dress or put modern seats in your vintage car? No!’

Whitehaven Old Town THI, a great project being carried out currently by Copeland Borough Council, has produced this fantastic maintenance guide to distribute throughout their Conservation Area, so I thought I would share it with all our Townscape Heritage grantees and applicants:

It is a practical guide to maintaining older properties, along with guidance for owners of listed buildings and buildings in conservation areas – created to help property owners understand the importance of regular maintenance and what to look for when carrying out inspections. It also explains the laws and regulations around altering properties which have listed building status or are in a conservation area.

Key topics include why is maintenance important, what is maintenance, and why do buildings decay? It also looks at individual areas within old buildings which often require maintenance, such as rainwater goods, gullies and drains, roofs, glass and ironmongery, paintwork, as well as issues that can occur, including ventilation and condensation, and timber decay and beetle infestation.

For those who might not know about the programme, Townscape Heritage schemes help to reverse the decline of our best-loved historic townscapes. Local, regional and national organisations work together to repair buildings in conservation areas and bring them back to life.

You can find more information about it here:

Please let me know if you have any questions, or any other information that you think might be useful to share with other TH grantees or applicants!

View Rebecca Jenkins's profile Rebecca Jenkins Aug 22 2016 - 2:11pm
  1. Thanks for sharing this excellent resource Rebecca.

    This is a great simple guide to maintenance and why it is important. And it's really good to see that you are working with the SPAB to promote William Morris's message to 'stave off decay by daily care'.

    There's lots of good maintenance advice online. The HLF funded SPAB Maintenance Co-operatives projects has produced some useful online resources. And there are some helpful top tips on the National Maintenance Week website too - including a 10 minute home MOT.

    Perhaps this is also the time to start thinking about what you might do to promote National Maintenance Week this year - it's coming up at the end of November!

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