Public Realm update from Councillor Andy MacNae:
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.
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.
The THI Project Manager also has a permanent stand in Bacup Library with up to date news on the project. You can arrange an appointment with the Project Manager to discuss any aspect of the scheme.
Rossendale Borough Council
Futures Park, Newchurch Road
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.
Phase One of the project has been completed, with some small snagging jobs to finalise. Phase One work included;
- Work to the RSPCA Building(33 St James Street) with fitting new shop front and restoring the chimney stack.
- Work on the Pioneer Building with new shop front, new signage, resotring the clock tower and bringing it back into use after more than 50 years
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. Consultation was on December 5th 2016 to January 2nd 2017, and the proposals caqn be found here.
Watch a short video to hear comments from one of the properties completed in Phase 1 here
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:
We've also just held an Open Day for the project where people could see what has been done so far, what is to come in future phases and comment on the consultation for the public realm street scene. To find out about this event please click here.
On Saturday the 10th of June 2017, a Hot Lime Pointing Course was held at St John The Evangelist, with 18 delegates from the local area in attendance. The course was very well received. Local residents have been educated on the lime based products and now have the confidence to use this on their period buildings.