Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Project aims to restore and refurbish historic buildings, improve public spaces, provide local people with training in traditional building skills and to develop events and activities to encourage people to learn about and enjoy our town’s history and heritage.
The project is focused on the Northgate Conservation area and includes King George’s Hall and historic properties on Blakey Moor, Northgate and Lord Street West.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has been successful in securing £1.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to be matched by the Council with a further £1.5 million.
To help inform the funding bid to the HLF, the Council appointed specialists from Colliers International, Buttress conservation architects and Planit-IE landscape architects to work along side our own Project Team.
Buildings within the project area were surveyed to identify what works could be undertaken and how much this might cost.
We have also worked closely with Blackburn College to develop a bespoke heritage skills training programme. This will complement the Colleges existing Construction courses and ensure our future local trades people have the knowledge and skills needed to take care of the town’s historic buildings.
A series of consultation events took place to make sure we understand what members of the public, property owners and businesses want for the area.
We will be holding a number of meetings with property owners and businesses in the next few months to explain how the project will be delivered and how we can work together to restore the town’s historic fabric.
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