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THI Transformation

FROM ZERO TO HERO!

 

Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) grant funded works have helped to transform one of Bedford High Street’s most important historic properties from ‘zero to hero’.

 

80A High Street, housing Millennium Kebab, is a Grade II listed building, dating from the 17th century, with a timber frame and medieval proportions. It had suffered over time from successive alterations to the shop front and façade, which left it with a poor appearance.

 

The THI helped the owners to fund the reinstatement of a traditional shop front and sash windows of the original proportions at first and second floor levels. Further remedial works were also required to the roofs, chimneys and gutters to secure the building for the future.

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The transformation of this building is a great example of the restoration of historic properties being achieved through the THI programme.  This heritage-based regeneration scheme has already restored numerous properties in and around Bedford High Street to their former glory. The works at this site have brought about yet another dramatic improvement.”

 

The THI project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Bedford Borough Council and BedfordBID, will come to an end later this year. In the remaining months, the ‘Porter Blacks’ building at 100 High Street will be receiving its final touches, following the recent removal of the scaffolding. The building has undergone a dramatic transformation, with a shop front modelled closely on the historic photographs available and upper floors and roof space converted to comfortable residential accommodation. Works on Cashino at 65-67 High Street are also now on site and the final THI property, vacant 77-79 High Street (was Cash Converters and Cheque Centre) has secured grant funding and is commencing works this month.

 

For more information on the Town Heritage Initiative visit www.bedford.gov.uk/bedfordhighstreet

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