A grand statue of William Gladstone stands on the axis of Northgate, Blakey Moor and New Market Street in Blackburn, Lancashire. From here, Gladstone enjoys a panoramic vista of the Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Project Area and it’s impressive architecture.
Historically, this was a very important part of the town and home to some of the town’s key civic and education buildings. In more recent times the area has suffered from decline, with empty properties, low quality uses and public space designed around traffic and parking. Gladstone’s view is not quite as it once was.
To fully realise the regeneration ambitions for the wider town centre, investment in Blakey Moor and the surrounding area is essential. As well as being home to many beautiful historic buildings, it provides some of the best opportunities to reinvigorate the town’s independent retail and the evening leisure economy. Together the Heritage Lottery Fund and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council have committed over £3 million to help us deliver this.
The Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Project aims to deliver a number of physical improvements to properties and public space to a compact area within the wider Northgate Conservation Area. This includes parts of Northgate, Blakey Moor and Lord Street West.
- Full renovation and restoration of the Blakey Moor terrace (opposite King George’s Hall) to original design.
- External repair and restoration of King Georges Hall frontage.
- Environmental improvements to the public space between King Georges Hall and the Blakey Moor terrace.
- Restoration of up to 20 small/mid-size historic properties spanning the Northgate and Lord Street West area through an 80% grants programme. Works will typically include repair and restoration of architectural detail and reinstatement of traditional shop fronts.
- Delivery of a Heritage Skills and Training Programme targeting local students and the young unemployed in the area.
- Delivery of a community events programme to involve local people in heritage.
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