Showroom Cinema, Sheffield - An independent arthouse cinema, housed in a 1936 art deco building © Historic England DP233615

Case Studies

Heritage Counts 2018 explores the commercial use of heritage assets, focusing especially on how heritage offers adaptable and unique business premises for a wide range of businesses, from leisure and retail to the creative industries. This is illustrated in the following case studies from England's nine regions.

Exterior of The Cosy Club

Cornhill Quarter, Lincoln

A £70 million heritage-led regeneration of the Cornhill area of Lincoln’s city centre.

Upper St Nicholas Street

Diss Heritage Triangle, South Norfolk

A £3.4 million programme known as 'Heritage Triangle' was designed to regenerate the old commercial heart of the historic town.

Interior of Alexandra Palace Theatre

Alexandra Park and Palace, North London

A £27 million construction programme to restore the East Wing of the Palace.

Front facade of Devonshire House

Devonshire House, South East London

A council-led regeneration project to create a walkway following the railway viaducts that have been part of Bankside's heritage for over 150 years.

Seven Stories building, Lime Street, Newcastle

Lower Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle

The Lower Ouseburn Valley is one of Newcastle’s prime regeneration areas.

Aerial view of the Baltic Triangle

The Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

All of Baltic Creative’s spaces currently now serve over 150 companies and manage over 118,000 square foot of space.

Exterior of Canada House

Canada House, Manchester

Canada House was recently bought by Kinrise, who has carried out a major refurbishment of the building into modern office space.

Ramsgate Harbour

Ramsgate Tunnels, Kent

The Ramsgate Tunnels have been transformed from a derelict railway line and bomb shelter into an exhibition space, café and tourist attraction.

Aerial view of Portsmouth Harbour

The Hotwalls, Portsmouth

The Hotwalls project has enabled the vibrant arts community to expand, allowing early career artists a space to grow and develop their skills.

Titchfield Abbey

Titchfield Tithe Barn, Hampshire

The building now has a new economic and community role providing jobs to the area as well as bringing in money to the local community.

Person walking past The Paintworks

The Paintworks, Bristol

The site has been redeveloped into a mixed use district with some of the former industrial buildings repurposed as studio and exhibition space.

Spode Potteries entrance sign

Spode Potteries in Stoke Town, Stoke-on-Trent

The heritage aspect of the site has enticed people and companies to use the site for commercial purposes.

Piece Mill with office and meeting space above ground floor café

Halifax Piece Mill, West Yorkshire

A converted historic textile warehouse, offering co-working space for small businesses and support for start-up companies.

Duke Studios, on Sheaf Street in Leeds

Duke Studios, Leeds

This desirable office development in a 19th century factory building has a long waiting list of businesses wanting to secure space.