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THI 'Twin' Project

THI MAKEOVER FOR HIGH STREET ‘TWINS’

 

Work on two new THI properties will be starting on site next week, bringing the total number of grants approved for the Bedford Borough Council led THI scheme to nine. No.’s 99 and 101 High Street have come forward as a pair and are located towards the Northern end of the High Street.

 

No.99 was most recently occupied by Mario’s Fish Bar, and No. 101 was most recently occupied by Jinx clothing.

 

The partnership working between the owners of the two properties has helped to reduce costs and save valuable time achieving a unified shop front design. This twin project will reinstate the elegant shop fronts and part of the historic stone colonnade that used to be grand features of this terrace of properties.

 

It is understood that they were built by George Handscombe Miller in the early 1860’s. Historic records show they housed William Warning, a grocer and Mrs Maria Merrie’s toy warehouse in the 1890’s; electrical and radio engineers, coal merchants and boot and shoemakers in the early 1900’s; followed by Singer sewing machines and K Shoe Shop in the 1970’s.

 

The works will be carried out by contractor The English Listed Building Company, who delivered the repair and shop front reinstatement work at 82 High Street – Coffee with Art. The new shop fronts have been designed and the contract will be administered by Bedford based MK40 Architects.  It is also hoped the improvements will complement the public art installation in the passageway running between the two properties, by Bedford College Fine Art student, Michelle Crowther.

 

To facilitate the safe delivery of the works, the passageway will be closed for the duration of the works and pedestrians, particularly from Lurke Street Car Park, will be directed to use alternative routes down Mill Street and Lurke Street instead.

 

In addition to the grant funded works at 99 and 101 High Street, works continue at No. 51 (previously Gunns Bakery) and 1-4 St Paul’s Square as well as a complex scheme to bring 220 sqm of vacant floor space back into use on site above The Kiln at 87 High Street.

 

Another three schemes on High Street are hoping to progress to site later this year. The grant funded work will contribute to THI efforts to lift the visual appeal of High Street, in support of businesses operating in the High Street and surrounding area.

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