Thursday, 26 March 2015

Blyth Townscape Heritage Initiative

 Blyth Townscape Heritage Initiative

Arch has played a key role in coordinating the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) in Blyth. A well-established heritage conservation programme which has invested grants totalling £850,000.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Blyth Central Conservation Area Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) has helped to bring five historic commercial buildings back to life, and to date has awarded £550,000 to help support local businesses in restoring their buildings, attracting £150,000 of their investment. The central area of Blyth has great heritage merit, and a number of fine commercial properties, the THI aided repair and restoration work that has helped restore that special character. The buildings which have benefited have included: Frameworks, the former Lloyds Bank on Bridge Street which is a Grade II listed building, The Beauty Factory and Rickard Chartered Surveyors on Havelock Street.

Blyth’s town centre conservation area has seen a restoration of its historic buildings and public realm and now another prestigious building will see the benefit. Arch is currently working with Poundstretcher to secure the restoration of their building on Bridge Street, where a programme of works would fully restore the external elevations, in particular the ground floor shop to enhance their retail offer. This will be the final THI project. Planning permission has been granted and work will start spring 2015. Historically, the former Hedley Young Department Store (now Poundstretcher) was an important community asset on Bridge Street for many years, providing a prestigious retail outlet to both locals and visitors. The proposals will complete the transformation of this fine period building, by repairing and restoring the fine facades, and reintegrating within the streetscape of Blyth.

Blyth Bus Station

Arch has led the investment to Blyth bus station, the £620,000 investment aimed to improve facilities for public transport users and operators by making the area more attractive, useable, accessible and safe. This includes improved lighting, paving materials, access, crossing points, soft landscaping and street furniture.

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