The Dudley Townscape Heritage Initiative (Phase 1) commenced in November 2008 and reached completion in July 2015. The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) was a grant giving programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) now the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Its objective was to support schemes that aim to regenerate historic environments in urban areas across the United Kingdom to improve the quality of life for all those who live, work and visit there.
Funding was provided for projects which had a positive impact on the conservation and regeneration of the historic areas including:
- Structural and external repair of historic buildings;
- Authentic restoration of architectural features to historic buildings; and
- Works of repair and conversion to bring back into use vacant or underused historic floorspace.
The first phase of development work was undertaken between 2009 and 2015, where a total of £4m was invested, through private and public funding, towards the repair and reuse of 17 buildings including the Old Glasshouse in Stone Square, The Crown Public House in Wolverhampton Street, the Old Co-op in High Street and Baylies Hall in Tower Street. The improvements made can be seen in the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs of some of the projects (see Townscape Heritage Display Banners, attached below).
As part of this programme, the Dudley Architectural Heritage Trail was published which provides a self-guided tour around 40 heritage assets within the town and funding was provided towards the Shopfront and Advertisement SPD.