Prescot THI - further £250,000 approved

Published on: Tuesday, 04-February-2014


The transformation of Prescot town centre had a further boost last week when an additional two outline grant applications were approved at the Prescot Townscape Heritage Partnership Board.

The latest outline grants, totalling just under £250,000, complement the four outline grant applications which have already been approved – a total of over £550,000 approved so far to repair, restore and reuse six historic buildings in Prescot.

The two latest applications are both on Eccleston Street in the town centre – numbers 5-7 and 21-23.  The buildings will transform empty upper floors into three new dwellings, as well as restoring three shop fronts and general repair and restoration to the buildings.

The Board, which meets bi-monthly, comprises of community, heritage, business and heritage representatives. 

Councillor Dave Lonergan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration Economy and Skills said “Prescot is a town steeped in history and through the THI, we are helping to preserve and protect some of the most historic buildings.  Through this project, we are not only reusing empty spaces, but we are also providing modern homes and better choice for those who which to live in Prescot.  More grant applications will be reviewed in future Board meetings.”

Work on the buildings is expected to start later in the year, following full grant applications being made.

The Townscape Heritage Initiative not only includes the repair and restoration of buildings, but also includes a variety of educational work and community events.  Already, two training courses have taken place.  The first in December resulted in 14 delegates being awarded an NVQ Level 3 in the Repair and Maintenance of Historic Buildings.  In addition, a laser scanning experience day was held for final-year Building Surveying students from Liverpool John Moores University on 29 January 2014 on a THI project at 13-15 Atherton Street. 

Further courses will be scheduled throughout the year, providing recognised qualifications and opportunities to progress a career in conservation construction and restoration.

Prescot’s £3.2 million THI is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Knowsley Council, Knowsley Housing Trust, Empty Homes Fund and other partners.

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