The Bacup THI Partnership Board have agreed Public Realm Proposals.
Click here to view the proposals in detail.
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
Works to Phase 2 has also been carried out, which has included transforming the REAL building and also 23-31 St James Street. There are still some final bits to finish but already the shops have had excellent feedback.
The THI project is also working in partnership with Lancashire County Council to deliver a public realm improvement scheme. Please click here for more information.
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.
On Thursday 9th November, come and Talk to us at the A, B and D centre between 2pm and 8pm to discover more about the project and the new proposals
Come and get involved with our next events:
Saturday 11th November 2017- FREE trip to Lancashire Archives (meet at Bacup library at 9.30am and return to Bacup at 1.30pm, free trip with refreshments)
Tuesday 14th November 2017- FREE HISTORIC CRIME WALK. Delve into the gruesome tales and discover crimes committed over 100 years ago. Meet at Morrisons at 7pm for a 1 hour walk in and around Bacup, delivered by local resident Darren Ashworth.
Saturday 18th November 2017- Reminisce about Bacup. Interactive discussion session with all local residents from all ages, taking us back in time throughout the decades. 1.30pm-3.30pm at the A. B an D centre, Bacup, OL13 8EU. The session will be filmed for future opportunities.
Saturday 25th November 2017- FREE Stone Masonry full day course delivered by Burnley College. Free transport and lunch.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of the upcoming events.
Throughout the next year we will be celebrating Bacup's Heritage and the River Irwell through the Irwell Tapestry. All members of the community are invited to get involved with this project and we invite you to take a look at more information in our news section HERE.
On Tuesday the 24th of October, pupils from BRGS and All Saints got the opportunity to speak with the project team and find out all about the various careers linked with construction. Architects, commercial managers and structural engineers were on hand to answer the very well thought out questions. The pupils are going to create presentations on what they discovered and relay the information back to their peers.
Part of the Irwell Tapestry. The THI will fund and manage a community art project to reflect the culture and history of Bacup. This will be known as the Irwell Tapestry, and it will be crafted in small tiles individually and then put together to form the tapestry. General themes of the tapestry will be nature, people's homes, the area of Bacup and wildlife.
Gravy wrestling on the Irwell Tapestry.
The Lancashire Archives Tour
A representative of the Archives giving a brief tour and an introduction into research methods.
Attendees browsing through the Lancashire Archive resources.
The Lancashire Archives tour set out to introduce attendees to the county archives and resources as well as demonstrating a practical introduction into archive research methods. An additional aim of the Archives tour was to allow local people the opportunity to access the Lancashire Archives and learn about local culture.
The tour helped people to learn about the Archives and research methods using the archives, letting those who came along become familiar with the resource.
"Bacup Reminiscence"- Memories day and Oral Histories event
The cubs asking questions about Bacup to older members of the community.
The memories day let the younger generation of Bacup interact with the older people in their community, recording memories about older people shopping in Bacup as well as asking older members of the community questions to learn more about Bacup.