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
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
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
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