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Bedford Townscape Heritage Initiative

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Bedford High Street's 'THI' Programme

Bedford High Street has seen the fruits of significant investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Bedford Borough Council and Bedford BID, with the restoration of 16 properties on High Street, as part of the HLF's nationwide Townscape Heritage Initiative ('THI'). The grant and public funding amounted to a total of £1.95 million and generated private sector contributions from landlords and owners of the businesses, bringing the total investment amount to over £5m.

 

Celebrate!

Members of the public are invited to come and join us to celebrate completion of the project between 3 - 4pm on Wednesday 7 December, in the Barbican Room of The Higgins Museum, Castle Lane. Stop by for a tea or coffee and find out more about the project and the works that have taken place.

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Objectives of Bedford High Street THI

The Buildings

The main aim is to ensure the long term preservation of the historic Bedford High Street area.  It focuses on ‘whole building’ schemes, with work on properties to include:

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  • Structural repairs

     

  • Restoration of traditional shopfronts

 

  • Reinstatement of lost architectural details

 

  • Bringing upper floors back into productive use

 

16 properties have been grant funded, with significant contributions from landlords and businesses, to bring the project to completion.

 

Learning, Education and Training

The THI project delivered an extensive learning, education and training programme alongside the physical building works. This will provide a legacy of increased heritage skills, historic knowledge and appreciation in the local area. The programme included heritage interpretation, events, educational and community activities, as well as heritage construction and maintenance skills for owners, tenants, contractors, students and the general public and a new NVQ Heritage Construction Skills course, now available at Bedford College. 

 

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Further Initiatives

Complimentary physical works on High Street, funded by the Council alone, include improvements to Luddington’s Passage (between 49 – 51 High Street) and 'Passage 101', between 99 – 101 High Street. The artwork in both passageways was conceived and realised by Bedford College HND Fine Art student, Michelle Crowther.

 

The Council is also looking into detrafficking options on High Street, as part of a longer term strategy to improve the pedestrian environment. 

 

Grant Rates

Funding was available through grants offered to landlords and tenants along High Street.  The grant rates were set at 70% for repairs and 80% for reinstatement works.  Rates for reuse of vacant floor space varied, depending on the value of the property once its empty space had been brought back into viable economic use. There was a maximum grant cap of £200,000 per property.

 

Looking for more information?

Information on the Council's HLF Application, including maps of the eligible properties, are available to view on our THI Updates page.

 

For background information on the project visit our High Street Renaissance page and for details of events, educational resources and Newsletters visit our High Street - Notice Board page.

If you would like any further information on Bedford High Street THI, please contact the THI Project Manager, Nancy Falloon (01234) 276258, email: nancy.falloon@bedford.gov.uk

  

 


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