Thursday, July 10, 2008

News: Rotherham’s future builders learn sustainable techniques


Rotherham Borough Council officers organised for nine building and construction students, from Rotherham College of Arts and Technology, to take part in a one day course at Heckmondwike, in West Yorkshire, to learn sustainable repair techniques for historic and modern buildings. The venture forms part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) which aims to restore the properties on Rotherham’s High Street to their former glory with funding of £3.5m from Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire Forward and Rotherham Borough Council. The scheme is an important part of the Renaissance programme to transform the town centre and lift its economy. The purpose of the course, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was to inspire young people to look into using these skills in their future careers which may even be working on Rotherham’s THI scheme on their own High Street. Student, Grant Butler, said "Overall it was very educational; it gave me a different outlook on the building industry, and the products that they use."


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