You might have spotted the refurbishment work currently taking place at one of Wrexham’s iconic city centre buildings.
Onsite work has started at 58 Hope Street, part of Wrexham Central Arcade, the first of many key target buildings identified to regenerate the Conservation Area of Wrexham City Centre – with grant funding secured through Wrexham Townscape Heritage Scheme (THS) from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Thanks to National Lottery players, change is in progress for this property, enabling the building to be brought back into use with a commercial premise on the ground floor and upper floors being converted into 3 x 2 bed apartments.
The Owner of 58 hope Street said: “Having the Townscape Heritage Team’s knowledge and support available as we renovate 58 Hope Street has helped us along the way as we look to bring back into use this important piece of Wrexham Heritage”
Townscape Heritage Scheme (THS) is targeting 31 key buildings within the Wrexham City Centre Conservation Area for regeneration and renovation, as we look to restore the more prominent and attractive heritage features, and bringing back into use the empty properties and vacant buildings.
Grants are now available for property owners or lease holders (with a minimum of 10 years remaining on the lease) to access grant funding to renovate the older buildings within THS boundary area and to restore the architectural and historical interest of the buildings, and improve those things which make them architecturally unique.
The THS also provides an excellent opportunity for local workforces to train and gain relevant upskilling through the contracts delivered through the THS programme by linking in with the traditional building skills programme; ensuring there is a skilled workforce able to take on heritage work locally and regionally into the future.
Cllr Nigel Williams, Lead Member for Economy, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the regeneration area within the city centre, bringing back into use a vacant property that now can access grant funding, along with supporting local trades, to ensure that traditional building skills are not lost and a refurbished listed building that is being brought back into use”.
If you are a landlord or leaseholder looking to see if you qualify for funding, or are interested in further information about our THS, please email THS@wrexham.gov.uk to arrange a meeting, or an informal discussion.
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