Case Studies

From developing methods to work over moats to helping site managers organise volunteer work days, James Woolgrove has years of experience developing practical solutions to unique safety issues in the heritage environment. He not only keeps abreast of health and safety regulation, but has made a point of learning about how to assess significance of buildings and how to read and understand them. This includes learning about the trades involved, from lime pointing to cranes operation, so that safe methods work for both the people and the place.

James has worked with a variety of clients, from leading national heritage organisations to small contractors and domestic home owners. Here are some examples:

Shire Homes

I was invited to visit Shire Homes to look at their health and safety systems and assist with a construction phase plan for a group of barns that they were converting for a client. After a conversation with directors Mike and Ryan, I had a look around the site and talked to the workers there.…

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Heron Corn Mill

When I was brought in to work on historic Heron Corn Mill in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, my remit covered just a small element of health and safety in one phase of their restoration process. However, based on the range of advice I brought to the task, the trustees asked me to manage the project, as well…

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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.…

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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…