Looking after you and our heritage

Boasting some of the world’s most spectacular and iconic buildings, the UK’s rich and historic treasure trove brings joy and upkeep challenges in equal measure.

The repair, restoration and renovation of our great castles, cathedrals, churches, listed buildings, stately homes, city gems, significant industrial sites and traditional structures need the highest levels of expert skill.

Led by James Woolgrove, Heritage Health and Safety’s mission is simple – to keep workforces and all site visitors safe while they preserve and appreciate the historic built environment.


Sympathetic solutions

At Heritage Health and Safety our mission is simple – to keep workforces and all site visitors safe while they preserve and appreciate the historic built environment.


Commonsense Health & Safety

We use a common sense, easy to access and implement approach, getting to the heart of the matter with concise, uncomplicated reports and streamlined operational processes that recognise and respect our built environment.


Decades of dedication

Our years of experience solving health and safety issues at some of the nation’s most important sites mean we are perfectly placed to help owners and trustees look to the future while respecting and celebrating the past.

Heritage Health and Safety can help you:

  • Keep workers and visitors safe every single day
  • Strike the right balance between health, safety and the significance of the building
  • Preserve a healthy working environment
  • Make visitor attractions unobtrusively safe
  • Enhance sustainability
  • Provide improved workplaces
  • Protect the heritage and environment in your care

James Woolgrove’s commitment and experience

I have been in the sector for over 25 years, helping to manage and plan complicated, challenging projects, ranging from co-ordinating successful Heritage Lottery funded schemes to helping volunteers construct a straw bale visitor centre safely.

I use a common sense, easy to access and implement approach. I believe in concise, uncomplicated reports and streamlined processes that enable works to be completed effectively while respecting the building and the skills of workers.

From castles to domestic homes, large visitor attractions to small business premises, I apply my experience solving health and safety issues, my appreciation of heritage skills and buildings, and my commitment to sustainability to help owners and trustees look to the future while respecting and celebrating traditional craftsmanship.

Our history of helping

A range of services to meet your needs from assessing risks in construction projects to visitor safety, from workplace assessments to on-site training, we have the expertise and networks to meet your safety challenges.

Get in touch

Contact us to see how we can help.

Case Studies

Heron Corn Mill

When James Woolgrove was brought in to work on historic Heron Corn Mill in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, his remit covered just a small element of health and safety. However, after trustees saw the range of benefits he could bring to the restoration, they asked him to get involved in managing the project, as well as further health and safety work on site.

Case Studies

Burnley Empire Theatre

One of the north’s most impressive theatres, attracting world renowned performers Charlie Chaplin, Harry Houdini and many more, 19th Century Burnley Empire is a class act in its own right. Built in 1894, it is of significant architectural interest, particularly for its auditorium, which was reconstructed in 1911 by Bertie Crewe to house 2,100 people. It is Burnley’s only Grade II listed purpose-built Victorian theatre.


Clients say

Staff member, The National Trust

We are very grateful to have worked with James over the past few years via direct commission and through wider partnership projects.  James is a real team player with an honest and common sense approach.  His expertise has been invaluable – not just in terms of his technical knowledge and management skill, but also his…

Daniel Bland, Upland Architect

I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you for your continued support in helping to manage the challenges encountered when working in the historic environment. Your passion and dedication to cutting the ‘red tape”, understanding the context and working with the wider project team not only ensures everyone involved goes…

Audrey Steeley, Heron Corn Mill, Beetham

We have worked with James Woolgrove on two major capital project developments since Spring 2008, and our experience has been that he is a methodical worker, thinking ahead to deflect any potential problems – this has kept our deadlines and budgets well on track. James works beyond the call of duty and given input and…