Dewsbury Townscape Heritage – 2nd Grant Completed
The Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative is celebrating the completion of its second renovation site in Dewsbury, 13-17 Corporation Street.
Names from left to right: John Lambe – Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative Officer, Eric Gawronski – Café Sweet & Salted, Will Senior – Roebuck & Holmes Contractors, Joanna Dolecka – Café Sweet & Salted, Cllr Eric Firth – Dewsbury East, Sid Jan – Simply Mobile, Sam Ball – Roebuck & Holmes Contractors, Hamid Dhorat – DK Architects.
Funding the projects
In total, £3.7 million has been allocated to the regeneration of the Northgate area of the town (including Corporation Street). The Heritage Lottery Fund provided the first £2 million with the rest (£1.7 million) coming from us. The programme is now in its 4th year of 5 years and work is progressing well.
The second grant, the impressive transformation of 13-17 Corporation Street which now has an original style shopfront – combines standards of Conservation Design as laid out in the Dewsbury Design Guide:
Taking buildings back to their former glorious state
The grant aims to take the buildings back to their former glory, which includes:
- replacing modern shop fronts with ones of a more traditional style
- restoration of architectural details such as decorative stonework and installation of awnings
- making repairs to defective guttering and fall pipes
- improving external decoration
- refurbishment of upper floor windows
More information about the heritage initiative grants
In addition to improving shop fronts the initiative also provides opportunities for Kirklees construction businesses to get involved in the regeneration. In this case contracts were awarded to builders ‘Roebuck & Holmes’ and ‘DK Architects’ of Batley.
Work has also started on ‘Northgate House’, in November 2016. Plans for the re-development of ‘Pioneer House’ is also progressing.
Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills, Transportation & Planning, said:
“Dewsbury has some fantastic architecture and the THI helps to ensure that the buildings in the area complement that.
The grant has led to the creation of high quality shopfronts in keeping with the era of the buildings, whilst at the same time supporting local businesses.
I am delighted that the work on 13-17 Corporation Street has led to a new café opening ‘Sweet & Salted’ as well as raising the profile of existing business ‘Simply Mobile’.
It is also good to hear that the success of the initial grants is leading to other businesses looking to follow suit and take advantage of the grant.”
Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills, Transportation & Planning
Find out more information
To find out more information on this project, visit the Council pages on Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative.