Heritage grants for more town projects

Heritage grants for more town projects

TWO more buildings in Dewsbury town centre will be transformed as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

Kirklees Council has awarded grants for the restoration of 28-30 Northgate and 19 Foundry Street in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Dewsbury THI was set up in 2013 to restore old buildings and make the town centre a more attractive place.

The latest grant comes after the scheme was extended until the end of 2019.

Dewsbury-based firm Martin Walsh Architectural (MWA) is overseeing the work.

New shopfronts will be installed at Northgate Chambers in the Queensway Arcade, and there’ll be a full restoration of existing timber mouldings, stained glass features, stone pilasters and original detailing.

The name Northgate Chambers will be embossed in stone and reinstated onto the front of the building.

The grant will also support the creation of two one-bedroom first-floor flats in the property on Foundry Street and the introduction of a new stained glass feature to the iconic corner turret.

Daryl Le-Vine, chartered architect at MWA, said: “MWA has been based in Dewsbury for over 40 years so being awarded this contract means a great deal.

“Our understanding of the town’s quality architecture and our experience of heritage sites helped to secure our role in this exciting, transformational project and we are really looking forward to the restoration of some of Dewsbury’s most iconic buildings and street scenes.”

MWA will design and manage the external and internal restoration to bring each building back to their original condition.

The company has also recently finished work on Northgate House in Dewsbury.

Dewsbury’s Black Bull pub on Market Place is also in line for a full refurbishment thanks in part to a THI grant.

Coun Peter McBride, cabinet member responsible for regeneration, said: “The THI is making a significant difference to the town centre and I would encourage property owners to make the most of the opportunity to improve their buildings.”

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