The Townscape Heritage Project is an ambitious £3 million joint investment by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This heritage led regeneration project is working to transform the historic heart of Blackburn around King George’s Hall and is focused on Blakey Moor, Northgate and Lord Street West.
The project will restore and refurbish historic buildings, improve public spaces and provide local people with opportunities for training in traditional building skills. A programme of complementary events and activities will take place alongside the
building work and the area’s rich history and heritage will be used to strengthen its unique identity, attract visitors and promote opportunities in the area.
Key elements of the project include:
- Full restoration of the Blakey Moor terrace to its former glory, bringing vacant properties back into commercial use.
- Refurbishment of the front elevation to King George’s Hall.
- Restoration of up to 20 small/mid‐size historic properties with the support of 80% grant funding.
- Public space improvements to the area between King George’s Hall and Blakey Moor.
- A bespoke heritage skills training programme delivered in partnership with Blackburn College and University Centre.
The Project aims to support the area to achieve its full potential through physical and cultural regeneration, contributing to the Council’s wider development strategies to ensure Blackburn town centre is an attractive, safe and vibrant place to live, visit, work and invest.
The Project is currently in year 3 of a 5 year programme, and a number of projects are now onsite.
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