Prince’s Foundation trainee wearing hard hat, safety glasses and ear defenders cutting a piece of wood

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Prince’s Foundation trainee at work on the Main Mill building, 2017 © Historic England Archive, Steven Baker

Heritage Skills at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

A heritage skills programme, supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, is being delivered during the construction works.

Work placements, site tours and training events are targeted at students and trainees and those already working in construction, such as contractors, craftspeople and other professionals, using the site itself as a tool for learning.

See below for upcoming opportunities

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Prince’s Foundation trainees learn new skills on the roof of the Main Mill © Historic England Archive, Steven Baker

Hard hat tours will offer groups with connections to heritage, construction and local interests, behind the scenes access to see at close hand the complex repairs that are taking place to the roof, brickwork and window openings.

The focus will be on offering opportunities to a diverse range of people particularly those underrepresented in construction careers, including young people and women.

Working on listed buildings, and the estimated 5.5 million traditional (pre-1919) buildings in England, requires particular skills and training.

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What's been happening?

With help from our wide range of partners the programme is delivering benefits for people reaching local, national and international learners. The partners involved include the building contractor Croft Building and Conservation Ltd, the companies in the professional team and Shropshire Council.

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Recent highlights

Supporting the attainment of qualifications

  • Prince's Foundation Building Craft Programme trainees gaining their Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Heritage Skills. Find out what trainees had to say about their time on site.
  • 100% achievement for the roofers on the Level 3 Award Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Buildings
  • Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios hosting a Part 2 Architecture student
  • Gleeds trainees gaining work based experience on the project that contributes their learning for their BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Attracting groups usually underrepresented in construction

  • Behind the scenes tour of the roof works in progress for Women in Roofing and Historic England BAME Placement students

Work based experience for young learners

  • Work experience placement from West Midlands University Technical College
  • Work experience in Level 1 bricklaying as part of Shrewsbury College’s Group T level pilot scheme

Promoting understanding of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

  • Bespoke group visits and training events for University of Leicester, University of Wolverhampton, University of Birmingham’s Ironbridge Institute and Birmingham City University, and a hands-on session in traditional brick making for Shrewsbury College’s Group students.
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Prince’s Foundation trainee Tom working at the site © Historic England Archive, Steven Baker

Upcoming opportunities

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings: Conservation in Action CPD Day

18 September 2019, 09:30 – 16:00, Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Who should attend?

The event is aimed at professionals working in the construction industry, planning and conservation officers, and contractors.

Why should you join this CPD day?

The aim of this day is to increase attendees’ knowledge and understanding of theory and practice of conservation, repair, adaption and reuse of our industrial heritage. Using the major project at the Grade I Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings as a practical case study and drawing on the real life experience of the project team. You will have the opportunity to hear in depth from the design team working on the project about their experience including key issues, options explored and solutions selected.

There will be behind-the-scenes tours of the work in progress led by the contractors working on the project, Croft Building and Conservation Ltd, as well as interactive Q&A sessions and a roundtable.

Delegates will:

  • Gain insight into the history and significance of the Grade I listed Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings
  • Learn about the innovative design of the first cast iron framed building in the world, its legacy of success as the forerunner of the skyscraper and its weaknesses
  • Understand the technical challenges and conservation philosophy of the project – including options considered, solutions, lessons learnt
  • Understand how the project is being delivered to time, budget and quality criteria

This CPD day is free of charge, thanks to a grant from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, supporting skills and training activities at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.

Find out more and book your place

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