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£60,000 awarded for store renovations in Keighley
1:10pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
Work is due to start next month to restore two shop fronts to their former glory as part of a £2.7 million scheme to protect Keighley’s heritage.
The Volunteer Centre in North Street has been given £60,000 from Bradford Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund to help transform its double frontage to reflect how it originally looked when it was built in the 1800s.
The centre is contributing about a quarter to the cost of the work, according to Keighley Townscape Heritage officer, Sue Oakley, under the council’s Keighley Heritage Initiative grant scheme.
The centre (pictured) is part of the Burlington Buildings – constructed in about 1891 by Laycocks – and the hope is to restore all of the shop fronts in that building to their former Victorian grandeur.
“All of the shop fronts were identical and we’re trying to recreate it and get it back to how it was,” Miss Oakley said.
“I’ve worked with a conservation architect and we’ve looked at archives and old photographs and other bits and bobs found on site, and recreated what it would have looked like.”
The makeover is expected to be completed by December, and will be the third shop front updated as part of the scheme.
Miss Oakley added: “It’s been a slow process, but when you have a couple going, then other people show an interest.”
Owners wanting to improve their shop fronts can apply for a grant of three quarters of the cost from the council.
Elsewhere, Miss Oakley is working towards structural repairs and restoration work to 3 High Street, and hopes work can be completed there by May 2014.
Keighley Area Committee councillors will hear an update on the grant project on Tuesday, including that there has been “considerable interest” in it recently and a number of smaller schemes are likely to get going in the next few months.