Face lift for Dewsbury town centre building
Work has started on another site in the Dewsbury Town Centre Conservation area.
13-17 Corporation Street is the second property to benefit from the Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) grant funding.
We were awarded with £2m in funding, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in 2013.
That money and a further £1.7m from the council (3.7m in total) is being used to fund regeneration in the conservation area until 2019.
The area includes Pioneer House, Northgate House (formerly Families relief charity shop), and the Northgate Block (a group of properties between Queensway Arcade, Northgate and Foundry Street).
The work on 13 – 17 Corporation Street will include replacing the existing modern shop fronts with some that are in a more traditional style. They will also be replacing the roof, refurbishing the windows and reinstating the awnings on Foundry Street.
All outside decoration including the stained glass, stonework, gutters and downpipes will either be repaired or replaced.
Number 17 will continue to trade as ‘Simply Mobile’, with 13-15 re-opening as a new Café – ‘Sweet & Salted’.
The work will be carried out by builders Roebuck & Holmes, and local Architect’s ‘DK Architecture’. The work is due to be completed during September.
Cllr Peter McBride cabinet member for regeneration said:
“The work in the heritage area will not only bring these beautiful old buildings back to their former glory but will also make Dewsbury Town Centre as a whole more attractive to new businesses.
New business leads to a better local economy and ensures that Dewsbury is a great place to live, work and visit”
The grant is the second of the scheme, with a third grant of Northgate House also in the pipeline which will hopefully start on site later this summer too.
What else is happening in Dewsbury Town Centre
More information about the Dewsbury Townscape heritage Initiative.