We have secured National Lottery Heritage Fund support for Dewsbury’s Arcade

Dewsbury Arcade

We have received initial support from The National Heritage Lottery Fund.

How much money has been secured?

The Heritage Fund has initially approved £106,657 in development work over the next four months. This is the first stage of the application which is part of a bid of £3.7m towards the overall project costs of £7m. Securing this money will enable us to progress development work. This will lead up to the submission of the second round application in November this year. The second application will seek final approval of this significant grant.

How will the fund help?

The project has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players. It aims to aid the repair and refurbishment of the Arcade whilst preserving its heritage.

This first round application replaces an earlier one submitted in November 2021 and includes an enhanced level of funding for community engagement activity as well as preparatory work, which will support the submission of the second round bid.

Dewsbury’s Arcade

The Grade II Listed Arcade was built in 1899 and was a popular town centre thoroughfare right through to 2016. Located within the Dewsbury Town Centre Conservation Area, the building’s condition has been gradually deteriorating over the last ten years. However, most of the units became vacant and the thoroughfare closed to the public, five years ago.

The Arcade project is one of the key schemes of the Dewsbury Blueprint. Following the purchase by the Council of the prominent listed building 18-20 Corporation St/17 Foundry St the Arcade project has been extended to include this property.

Councillor Eric Firth, Cabinet Member for Town Centres, said:

“This is excellent news for Dewsbury town centre and the conservation of the Grade II listed Arcade. It shows what can be done with cross-party working as the Council continue to be inclusive, as well as working with valued community groups such as the Arcade Group. I am especially grateful to the project team who turned our submission into ‘bid speak’ and look forward to working with The National Lottery Heritage Fund and others as the work progresses”

When is construction expected to start? 

Based on a successful second round submission in November 2022 we will learn of the decision application in March 2023. If positive it means that construction work could start in summer 2023 with completion in 2024.