We’ve got some really good news.
Back in the summer of 2018, we announced that we’d been successful in receiving first-round National Lottery funding for a project to help renovate and regenerate properties in the Wrexham Town Centre Conservation Area
We were awarded an initial £65k, which allowed us to pursue a Round 2 bid for £1.52million for the Wrexham Townscape Heritage Scheme.
We’re very pleased to announce – we got it!
Wrexham’s million pound boost
With so many of our town centres suffering from the effect of out of town shopping centres and online retailers, the largest town in north Wales is looking to buck the trend following an award of over £1.5 million from the National Lottery.
The five year project will look to restore and conserve many of Wrexham’s historically important buildings making them attractive for local businesses and individuals, combining training, education and raising awareness through upskilling via a complementary Traditional Building Skills Programme.
Up to 31 buildings have been earmarked for improvement and the project will work with local relevant partners to provide traditional building skills training to ensure renovations are undertaken in a sympathetic manner and in keeping with many of the buildings’ important heritage.
Led by Wrexham County Borough Council, the work carried out will benefit Wrexham and the surrounding area for many years to come according to Becky Lowry, Head of Service for Regeneration.
“Our aim with this work is to focus on the historic core of Wrexham town centre and any work carried out will complement wider ongoing regeneration projects. We are working with Ty Pawb and Wrexham museum among others to ensure there is a joined up approach and considering this is National Lottery players’ money it was important that we took the local community’s views into account. There are bright times ahead for Wrexham.”
This investment in the 21st century is looking to revive the town’s economic fortunes further.
One of the key partners is Cadwyn Clwyd and Helen Williams is from the organisation,
“This is excellent news for Wrexham and the north east of Wales. While the ultimate aim is to enhance the facilities and services within Wrexham town centre itself the process will allow students and local people to get involved in training programmes and skills events and they will be able to take pride in their hands on involvement in a project that is crucial for the area’s long term sustainability.”
Other key partners include Coleg Cambria, CITB, Cadw, the North Wales Economic Ambitions Board, Wrexham Civic Society and CAIS.
The Townscape Heritage programme has seen us working with partners on a local, regional and national level to ensure that not only do projects reflect the needs of the areas themselves but are also sustainable in the longer term. Wrexham is a hugely important town for north Wales and its future standing as a viable and economic hub will offer great benefits for the north east as a whole.
A complementary Traditional Building Skills programme will run alongside this work, with the aim of upskilling traders and contractors and will cover elements such as plastering, traditional joinery techniques, lime mortar use and generally taking care of historically important features in listed or important buildings.
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