The Conference

Home is where the heart is…
Meeting housing need in historic buildings and areas


Houses form the highest proportion of all heritage assets, whether purpose designed or later adapted to incorporate residential accommodation.  Balancing the changing needs of homeowners whilst protecting the architectural and historic value of historic buildings continues to present ongoing challenges to architects and conservation professionals alike. 

Meanwhile at a national level great efforts are being placed upon boosting the supply of new housing to the meet the demands of an increasing population and changing household structures. This has resulted in great development pressure within both urban and rural areas and heritage assets, historic buildings and or conservation areas, are no exception to this process.

This conference will explore the challenges of designing new homes within historic areas, consider how to sensitively adapt and convert historic buildings to meet the needs of existing and future occupants as well as highlighting examples of best practice both locally and nationally.  It will be of interest to planners, architects, developers, property owners, amenity societies, and all those who manage and care for the historic environment.


The event will take place in the Liverpool Medical Institute. It is a 10 minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street, the main city centre train station. Limited public car parking is available on site. A map showing the location is available on the booking website. The entrance is to the rear of the building via the car park.


A. City Centre Student Accommodation: A tour of recently created student accommodation in converted historic buildings and new buildings in historic areas – led by Chris Griffiths, Principal Conservation Officer for Liverpool City Council.

B. The Canning Quarter: A tour of Liverpool’s Georgian suburb - a story of 19th C grandeur, 20th C decline and subsequent renaissance to prime residencies, underpinned by sustained grant funding from English Heritage (now Historic England) – led by  Joseph Sharples, local resident and co-author of the Pevsner Liverpool Guide.

C. Extreme Housing!: A tour looking at extremes of historic housing, including a) the National Trust’s high status Hardmans House, b) Liverpool’s last Back-to-Back houses on Duke Street and c) the site of some (demolished) court-houses - led by John Hinchliffe of Hinchliffe Heritage.

If signing up for Tour C please bring your NT membership card if you have one.