Rossendale Borough Council is pleased to announce that The Bacup THI Project has successfully completed the impressive restoration work to the Pioneer Building Clock Tower.
What is the THI Project?Find out more
What is the THI Project?
The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is a grant scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to refurbish buildings in historic town centres. The scheme includes property improvements, public realm enhancement, skills training and community engagement events.
In 2013 Rossendale Borough Council was successful in securing £2m funding through the HLF for a 5 year regeneration project which will focus on Bacup’s unique built and cultural heritage.
To find out more and view the latest updates and on the progress of the project please click here. The project is managed by Rossendale Borough Council. You can find all the latest Council news, including news on the THI Project, here.
To view our latest update on the project, as of January 2016, please click here.
Which Buildings are in the Project?Find out more
How can I Contact the THI?Contact Us
How can I Contact the THI?
If you have any questions about the THI, wish to attend or volunteer for events and upcoming projects, or simply wish to share interesting stories or facts about Bacup’s history and heritage then please contact us by filling in the ‘stay informed’ details or email directly and we’ll get back in touch.
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What is Being Grant Funded?Find out more
What is Being Grant Funded?
Properties in the THI are being restored and improved using appropriate heritage construction techniques. The works being carried out include; replacing unsympathetic shopfronts with new shopfronts based on historic research, building repairs and reinstatement of architectural details (e.g. reinstating timber sash windows, stonework repair, repairing stone slate roofs and chimney stacks, repairing traditional gutters and cast iron rainwater pipes), and in some cases carrying out internal structural repairs.
Property owners who participate in the scheme will receive a grant of up to 90% of the costs of carrying out these works. In return they are asked to sign up to Rossendale Council project managing the works using it’s appointed team of conservation architects, quantity surveyors and building contractors. This is to ensure that the works are designed and constructed to an appropriate heritage standard.
What is Happening with the Project?Find out more
What is Happening with the Project?
Construction work on the first two properties in the scheme, Pioneer Buildings and 33 St James Street (the RSPCA shop), is soon to be completed (June 2016). Some of the key features of these improvement works include installing new shop fronts, restoring the clock tower on Pioneer Buildings – bringing the clock back into use after more than 50 years, and restoring chimney pots to the prominent chimney stacks on 33 St James Street.
We have secured planning permission for the next group of properties to be improved under the THI programme – 6-8 St James Square (the former electricity showroom) and 32-31 St James Street. We are currently developing the detailed schedules and specifications for these properties and aim to start works later in the summer (2016).
The THI project is also working in partnership with Lancashire County Council to deliver a public realm improvement scheme for St James Square. This aims to give greater priority to pedestrians and provide a road layout less confusing for motorists. It is expected that further consultation on these proposals will take place later in the year (2016).
What Activities Are Going On?Find out more
What Activities Are Going On?
Improving the knowledge and appreciation of the unique history and built heritage of Bacup through providing a wide range of community activities and heritage construct skills training for local people, building owners, local construction professionals and trades-people, is key to the success of the THI.
For example this built heritage is characterised by coursed local stone, stone flagged roofs, prominent chimney stacks, traditional sash windows and distinctive weavers windows. It is important that local building owners and trades-people are aware of the techniques involved in restoring and repairing these features, and that local people are aware of their value, as their loss would have a significant effect on the character of Bacup.
You can get involved in the THI by joining one of our community activity events or heritage skills training courses held throughout each year of the project.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking on ‘stay informed’ if you wish to take part any of the events of the upcoming events below:
Heritage Skills Training and Community Activity Events – Summer 2016:
Traditional Sash Windows Course – Friday 17th June 9:00am – 4:30pm
This is a free training course provided jointly by the Bacup and Accrington THI’s delivered by the Construction Department at Accrington & Rossendale College. It is intended to give construction professionals and others interested learning more about heritage construction an introduction to the techniques used to refurbish and construct traditional sash windows.
Traditional Lime Pointing course – Friday 24th June 9:00am – 4:30pm
This is a free training course provided jointly by the Bacup and Accrington THI’s delivered by the Construction Department at Accrington & Rossendale College. It is intended to give construction professionals and others interested learning more about heritage construction an introduction to the techniques used in mixing, preparing and applying lime pointing used in traditional stonework construction and repair.
“Water, Water everywhere, but not a Drop to Drink” – Guided Walk Sunday 17th July 10:00am – 12:00noon
Bacup’s economic and social history has been shaped by the influence of water: either too much or too little! Floods were frequent: drinking water scarce: by 1848 the town was a mess. How did this come about, and what were the results of sorting it out?
Join us on this free guided walk to learn more about this fascinating and sometimes scary story of Bacup’s hidden past.
The walk is being led by Kathy Fishwick. Kathy is chairperson of Rossendale Civic Trust and an advisor to the Ancient Monuments Society. She has an extensive knowledge of the history of Bacup and undertook research that helped to establish the Bacup Conservation Area in 1981.
There is no need to pre-book a place on the walk and anyone wishing to take part should assemble at Irwell Terrace in Bacup Town Centre for 10:00am.
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