RE:Start Local Project Workshops in Partnership with The National Trust – Free Places Available

Expert Retrofit Partners

See below to book your fully funded place(s) now…

Parity Projects are in partnership with the National Trust to deliver fully EU funded workshops on process’s, technologies, materials and approaches to retrofitting older properties.  Each workshop is based at a different National Trust site and include’s bespoke tours of the properties and sites from experienced National Trust Project Managers and the contractors involved in installing the works.  There will be good networking opportunities, and you will meet and hear from the procurement team at the National Trust and learn about any upcoming potential opportunities.

Full Day Workshops:

  • Wednesday 4th June 2014. Upgrading Fabric in Older Buildings. The Saunderton Estate/Clare Foundation Charity in the morning followed by a tour of West Wycombe. 9:30-17:00.  FIND OUT MORE OR BOOK NOW BY CLICKING HERE.  Workshop Closed.  Click here to read our blog on how the workshop went and see pictures of the properties visited.  
  • Thursday 19th June 2014.  Upgrading Building Services in Older Buildings. National Trust New Inn, Stowe, Bucks. 9:30-17:00.Workshop Content:   Overview of the £8.4 million restoration project of the New Inn Grade II* listed building, including the key energy efficiency building services installations such as the wood chip boiler.  A technical overview of the new build, which was created as part of the restoration project will also be made.  You will also have the opportunity to hear from The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) and an optional tour of Stowe’s landscape gardens by the National Trust’s landscape manager. FIND OUT MORE OR BOOK NOW BY CLICKING HERE


  • Thursday 10th July 2014. Community Scale Retrofit of Older Buildings and Integrated use of Renewable Technologies. The National Trust Coleshill, Swindon. 9:30-17:00. Workshop Content:  The workshop will focus on community scale retrofit in the village of Coleshill.  It will involve very detailed technical tours of local residential properties, the local shop and the National Trust’s estate office which have all undergone a major energy efficiency focused restoration project at the community/integrated scale.  The technologies installed include; secondary glazing, draught-proofing, new energy efficient boilers, roof insulation, LED lighting, large scale biomass boiler and solar thermal.  FIND OUT MORE OR BOOK NOW BY CLICKING HERE

The sessions are fully funded for *eligible smaller organisations and sole traders in the South East area.  National Trust staff such as Surveyors and Project Managers are also in attendance to learn more, exchange knowledge and network.

*Eligibility criteria: 

  • Organisation/ business must have a turnover of less than £35 million
  • Organisation/ business must have less than 250 employees
  • Must be doing business (i.e. have an office) in the South East of England (see below and please note central London is not included).
  • If a larger business/ organisation are a stakeholder of the SME, it must not be more than 25%.

For the purpose of the RE:Start Local project, the South East is Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Kent, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.

Examples of businesses that can take part include, but are not limited to:

  • Installers and manufacturers of renewable energy and energy efficiency equipment
  • Trade persons and construction companies wishing to find out more or expand into low carbon/energy efficiency sector including builders, lighting specialists, heating and plumbing engineers, electricians, renewable energy installers etc.
  • Architects, Surveyors, Project Managers and Energy Assessors involved/interested in retrofit, Green Deal or ECO programmes
  • Consultants and Advisors
  • Potential users
  • Legal service providers

Booking Process:

Please check you are an eligible company (see above).  If you are eligible, please use the booking links above to register your place online for your chosen workshop(s), or contact Megan on or ring 0208 874 6433.

Only one person per company/organisation is guaranteed a place at each event (although that person can vary between each event).

You must be able to commit to attending a minimum of two workshops/events for funding eligibility reasons.