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