Work started on site as part of Prescot’s THI

Published on: Monday, 01-December-2014

Extensive work that will kick-start the restoration of Prescot town centre is underway as part of the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

Work has progressed significantly at 40 High Street, which is more than halfway through its grant-aided works and is expected to be complete externally in mid-December.  The total project cost is £125,000 and will see the vacant upper floors returned to use as an affordable flat, while the external repairs and restoration are well underway.  The most dramatic change has been the removal of layers of paint to reveal the eighteenth century brickwork once more.  The shopfront is also in the process of being restored to a traditional appearance.

Work on 29-31 Eccleston Street, which is currently occupied by Millicans Opticians, will see repair works including a new shop front and the conversion of the currently unused upper floors into four flats.  Millicans have occupied the building for over 20 years and are committed to ensuring the ongoing sustainability of the town centre.

The end result will be a sympathetically restored historic building which will improve the look of the town centre – and bring 195m2 of long-term vacant floor space back to life.   The vacant upper floors will be re-used as four affordable flats.  At time of writing work is underway to the interior of the building and its structure and the external repair and restoration will start in the New Year.

Over £300,000 is being invested in the property. The restoration works have been designed by architects Ainsley Gommon, who have fully supported the initiative in the town centre.

Across the two schemes £200,000 of private funding has also been invested.

In addition, full grant award has been approved by the THI Board for 11 Market Place and plans include the repair and restoration of the building, restoration of the shop front.

Cllr Dave Lonergan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills said “Receiving Heritage Lottery Fund approval for our largest repair and restoration project is fantastic news and work is well on track.  I look forward to seeing this project develop over the coming months and restoring a number of key buildings in the town centre back to their former glory.”

This builds upon the completion of the Leyland Street highway works, which were part of the THI programme and completed in October last year.

Prescot’s £3.2 million THI is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Knowsley Council, Knowsley Housing Trust, Empty Homes Fund and other partners.  Prescot THI not only includes the repair and restoration of buildings, but also includes a variety of educational work and community events. 

For the latest Prescot THI news, visit www.prescotthi.org.uk/blog