Four more outline grant applications approved in Prescot

Published on: Tuesday, 08-July-2014

Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) Partnership Board last week approved four building repair and restoration projects to proceed as full grant applications.  The total cost of the four projects is over £200,000.  All four projects will be grant-aided by the THI, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Knowsley Council, Knowsley Housing Trust and other partners.

The four buildings are 19 Eccleston Street, 54 Eccleston Street, 56 Eccleston Street and 9 Market Place.  The buildings have all been identified by the Heritage Lottery Fund as Priority Buildings within the THI. 

The THI Partnership Board is a voluntary group comprising of local business, heritage and public sector partners.  It has to date approved outline grant applications for 12 buildings in Prescot Town Centre.  Nearly £750,000 of building grants have been allocated out of the £1.9million THI building grants budget.  The latest grant approvals mean that total cost of the projects with outline grant approval has now exceeded £1 million.

These latest outline grant approvals are for the comprehensive external repair and restoration of all four buildings, including the shopfronts.  In addition, a grant to convert the empty upper floor of 56 Eccleston Street to a studio flat is part of the approvals.  The projects are expected to go through the full grant application process, obtain all necessary planning approvals and start on site in 2015.

The most dramatic changes will be to 9 Market Place, an early nineteenth century townhouse in a Regency style.  This Grade II Listed Building had a cast iron balcony and decorative features and details that were all stripped off the building several decades ago, long before it was Listed.  The approved outline application is to restore these features based on historic photos held by Prescot Historical Society. 

Photographs dating from the 1890s and early 1900s of 54 and 56 Eccleston Street that clearly show what these buildings originally looked like will be used to guide the buildings’ restoration.

19 Eccleston Street appears to date from the nineteenth century, but may well have earlier parts – it is attached to a timber framed building that dates from the seventeenth century.  As with the other restoration projects its shopfront will be restored and the existing roller shutters removed.

Cllr Dave Lonergan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy & Skills, said “This is yet more good news for Prescot town centre in terms of investment and celebrating its rich heritage.  It will be great to see work commencing and the buildings being restored back to their former glory.”