Following a significant grant from Gloucester City Council, 78 Westgate Street has been refurbished by owner and developer Perricks Farm Estates Ltd.
No 78 Westgate Street, a Grade II asset, received a £20k contribution as part of the ‘City Centre Historic Areas Grant Scheme’. The cash injection was used to reinstate a traditional shop front, repair lath and plaster walls and ceilings, and undertake traditional carpentry repairs.
The building has been a priority project for the council. Consent was granted for the scheme to refurbish the listed building, which included retaining a retail unit on the ground floor, creating a two bedroom apartment on the first and second floor and a building a separate block at the back. The completion of the scheme means that the Grade II building is no longer on the council’s at risk register.
The grant was launched in July 2013 and has been helping owners and business to undertake historic building improvement schemes in the city centre area. This could include reinstatement of historic features such as windows or shop fronts or redecoration of tired facades.
Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The city of Gloucester has a rich and varied heritage. The scheme is designed to help revitalise our historic gems. It provides cash incentives to help owners improve shop fronts, reinstate architectural features and bring vacant commercial and residential properties back into use.
“I would encourage owners or businesses in the city to get in touch and find out how we can help. This example shows how grant funding from the Council can help to encourage major investment from building owners.”
A city council principal conservation spokesperson, said: “It was a pleasure to work with an owner who took care to research the history of the building to inform the use of historic colour schemes, reinstating lost features and utilising traditional methods of repair and craftspeople. The building has been restored to a high standard and provides a great space for living in the heart of the city.”
The grant has £100,000 remaining and is available to owners of historic buildings or those within a conservation area to enhance their properties and contribute to making Gloucester an attractive place to live and work.
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