This project focuses upon the standing buildings, both designated and undesignated, of Peterborough. Predominantly the built environment of Peterborough is of solidly Edwardian and Victorian stock however some buildings, such as Burghley Beauty Academy and Ladbrokes in the city centre, date back to the Medieval period. The main project work will be undertaken in the City Centre Conservation Area and its setting but will be applicable to the entire Peterborough Unitary Authority area. Peterborough contains within it over 1000 listed buildings, which when surveyed in 2009 contained 9 ‘at risk’ structures as designated by the Local Authority and English Heritage, 13 ‘at risk’ scheduled ancient monuments out of the 64 in the Unitary Authority and 1 ‘at risk’ Conservation Area out of 29. To avoid more heritage assets ending up ‘at risk’ and to reduce the many factors which put the City Centre Conservation Area into this category this project will establish which assets are most likely to be currently ‘in need’ and to raise awareness of what leads to areas and buildings being ‘in need’ and what maintenance asks can be done to prevent them becoming ‘at risk’.
The full extent of the vulnerabilities around the city centre are currently unknown. This project will last for about nine months in total. Through understanding and awareness raising of the historic environment of Peterborough’s city centre, members of the local community will learn what puts the historic environment ‘in need’, the challenges faced by the historic environment and how these can be managed. This training will be provided in the form of daytime, evening, half and full day courses for both dedicated volunteers and for the general public, as a way of sharing information and to encourage participation in the project.
This project will provide opportunities for users of the space to understand aspects such as ‘significance’ ‘setting’ and levels of need. It will create the most complete building by building snapshot survey of the degree of ‘need’ present within the city centre conservation area.