Townscape Heritage Initiative for ‘Imsons’ first grant completed.

Imsons Group

We are celebrating the completion of a significant regeneration project in Dewsbury.

Imsons on Northgate is the first building in the town to benefit from the Townscape Heritage Initiative grant.

A total of 3.7million has been allocated to the regeneration of the Northgate area of the town. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) provided the initial £2m with a further 1.7m coming from the council.

The project will last 5 years and see improvements to buildings including Pioneer House, 23 Northgate (the former co-op funeral parlour), Northgate House (currently Families relief charity shop), and the properties between Queensway Arcade, Northgate and Foundry Street.

Rebirth for the town

The grant aims to take the buildings back to their former glory; this includes making repairs to defective guttering and fall pipes, improving external decoration and in this instance replacing modern shop fronts with ones of a more traditional style. Imsons has also benefited from the refurbishment of upper floor windows on Northgate and Foundry Street.

The project also provided an opportunity for local businesses with the contracts being awarded to builders Walter West and Architects Martin Walsh Associates both from Dewsbury

Work on the remaining buildings is now being planned and more works is expected to start in Spring 2016.

Cllr Cathy Scott said:

The Imsons’ building has been brought back to life and in turn transformed Queensway Arcade. I am delighted that this grant is leading to real changes in Dewsbury and hope that the investment will encourage more businesses to move into this fantastic town.

Whilst there is much more to Dewsbury than its buildings, anything that raises the profile of the town can only be a good thing. I look forward to seeing the remaining buildings receiving the same high quality improvements.”

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