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Historic Keighley shops let after being restored to former glory
7:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in Keighley
North Street arcade owner, Iftikar Hussain, surveys the results of a major revamp part-funded with £725,000 from the Townscape Heritage Initiative
An historic Keighley building – refurbished with more than £700,000 of public cash – is already full of tenants.
All the ground-floor shop units in the North Street arcade, painstakingly restored during the past 12 months, have been let.
And professional workers have snapped up all 14 apartments created from former solicitors’ offices on the floors above.
The arcade building is a flagship project for the £2.7 million Keighley Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).
Bosses of the Bradford Council scheme believe the arcade shows how THI can breathe new life into rundown Victorian and Edwardian buildings.
Project officer, Sue Oakley, said: “This is an example of how heritage and regeneration can come together and complement each other nicely.”
THI, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Bradford Council, has been used to improve several historic buildings, including the former police station in North Street.
Property owners in the town centre, also including those in Church Street and High Street, are being encouraged to sign up to jointly-funded renovation projects.
The North Street arcade is the biggest project so far, with £725,000 of THI cash helping pay for the building’s complete transformation.
One and two-bedroom apartments have been created on the three upper storeys, with some fronting onto Temple Row. The exterior of the building has been repaired, with new windows, extensive rendering and a new roof for the arcade.
Specialists have made ornate wooden frames and hand-carved details to ensure the shopfronts match remaining elements of the original 1900s design.
Miss Oakley added: “All the lovely stuff on the windows and doors was hidden, and some of it was in beautiful condition.
“We got the original planning drawings and pictures from the turn of the century, and we jigsawed all the evidence together.”
Arcade owner, Iftikar Hussain, said it had been hugely expensive to restore the building to its original appearance.
He added: “The grant has secured the long-term future of the building. I don’t think I could have spent so much money if I hadn’t got that.”
Property owners wishing to get involved with the Townscape Heritage initiative should contact Miss Oakley via sue.oak firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01274 437495.
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