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THI Updates 2014

13.11.14  Taster session for Bedford College's HNC Level 4 Construction and Built Environment learnersTaster Day

A taster session, based on case study THI projects 82 High Street and 1-4 St Paul's Square, was run for learners at Bedford College by the THI Project Manager and Heritage and Compliance Manager. The session explained the steps involved in delivering the projects, including traditional shop front design, the planning process, scheduling and specifying works and tendering - concluding with a High Street walk to see a number of prospective, on-site and completed THI projects.

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12.11.14  7th Edition of THI Newsletter, November 2014

The latest edition of the THI Newsletter is out now. To view the THI Newsletter please click here.


01.10.14  4 more THI Grant offers accepted

The focus of 2014 has been on helping property owners finalize grant applications for the many buildings in the THI pipeline. As at October 2014, 4 grant offers have been made and accepted. It is hoped up to 4 more grants may be offered before the end of the year. Expect to see a flurry of building activity this autumn/winter.


12.09.14  Hidden Landscapes, Archaeology Walk with The Higgins

As part of the Heritage Open Day offering, The Higgins Bedford archaeology curator delivered a fascinating walk/talk on the archaeology of the High Street and Castle area.


11.09.14 – 14.09.14  Heritage Open Days

Volunteers and staff at some of Bedford’s fascinating properties and places played host to large numbers of visitors for this year’s free Heritage Open Day events, including guided walks, house tours and celebratory events. New properties included in the programme were Stevington Windmill and Bromham Mill, which were both inundated with visitors!


14.06.14  Bedford’s Big High Street Showcase

Another fantastic High Street Showcase celebration landed on 14 June 2014, with more community groups and local businesses coming together than ever before.


14.06.14  High Street Photo Competition

To celebrate this year’s High Street Showcase and encourage people to take another look at their High Street we invited everyone to take part in a Photo Competition. The winners will have their work displayed in a town centre location and will each receive a prize of £25 Love Bedford vouchers.


09.06.14  The Prince’s Trust – Get into Construction – Timber FramingPrince's Trust 2014 Group photo

The THI sponsored another heritage roll out of the Prince’s Trust’s fantastic training work experience programme – delivered in partnership by Bedford College and timber frame experts, Timber Framing and Conservation. 11 young people took part, restoring an historic timber barn on the Shuttleworth Estate.


09.05.14  Community Outreach – Presentation to Rotary Club

The THI gave a lunchtime presentation to Bedford Rotary Club, to provide information on the scheme and a sneak preview of the projects currently progress their grant applications.


01.01.14  3 High Street buildings completed on site

Properties 82 High Street, 119-121 High Street and 123-125 High Street all completed works in the new year, giving High Street a smart start to 2014. Click here to see the before and after photos.


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For more news on High Street, Bedford please visit these web pages:

High Street Renaissance page

High Street Strategy page

High Street - Notice Board page

Townscape Heritage Initiative page