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BEDFORD HIGH STREET GETS EVEN BETTER

 

Bedford’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) Project is pleased to announce the completion of grant funded works at 3 further properties on Bedford High Street.

 

Work at 51 High Street has now concluded, with the final touches added to the restored early 20th Century granite and bronze shop front. Better yet, the unit fronting the High Street is again occupied by Gunns’ Bakery – famous for being the home of the ‘Bedfordshire Clanger’. The rest of the building has been brought back into use with two new flats on the upper floors and a new commercial unit in Ram Yard, called The Clay Pipe. It was named this because the space had previously housed a pipe making workshop when the whole building was occupied by Luddington’s tobacconists.

 

A little further up the High Street, the works have also just completed at 99 High Street and 101 High Street. This pair of buildings has undergone a real transformation, with work that has turned back the clock and reinstated the buildings’ original appearance, with elegant stone columns, a pair of handsome new shop fronts, beautifully refurbished sash windows and cleaned and repointed brickwork. 99 High Street will soon be occupied by new tenant Chopstix noodle bar and 101 High Street is in negotiations to find a new tenant. 

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “These completed works are helping to restore the proud heritage of the properties themselves, while also enhancing the High Street environment as a whole. All three of these recently completed properties are looking very good, and it’s great to see the way THI project is changing Bedford High Street for the better.”

 

For more information on successfully completed THI projects visit www.bedford.gov.uk/bedfordhighstreet

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