The Townscape Heritage (TH) is a grant giving programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Townscape Heritage programme helps to bring some of the UK’s best-loved historic townscapes back to life, celebrating our rich heritage and boosting local communities. Through TH schemes, grant is offered to help communities regenerate these areas by encouraging partnerships to carry out repairs and other works to historic properties to improve the quality of life for all those who live, work and visit there.
The first phase of Dudley Townscape Heritage scheme was completed in 2015, through which a total of £4m was invested, through private and public funding, towards repair and reuse of 17 buildings, including the Old Glasshouse in Stone Square, the Old Co-op in High Street and Baylies Hall in Tower Street.
A second phase of funding of over £1.1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund has recently been awarded which will allow work to enhance historic buildings in Dudley’s Historic Core. Accompanied by funding through Dudley Council, up to £1.5m in grants will help enable the repair and reuse of historic buildings and the reinstatement of lost architectural features. The latest investment will enable the restoration of some of Dudley’s most historic buildings, alongside a programme of community activities and opportunities.
The TH programme funds various works which will have a positive impact on the conservation and regeneration of historic areas including:
Structural and external repair of historic buildings
Authentic restoration of architectural features to historic buildings
Works of repair and conversion to bring back into use vacant or underused historic floorspace
Also included in the Townscape Heritage programme are activities designed to widen knowledge, understanding and awareness of the heritage.
The overarching objective is to increase the economic activity in the town’s commercial core by using the historic environment as a positive resource to safeguard and create employment opportunities while improving the quality of life for the local community and visitors, with beneficial knock-on effects for local businesses and traders.
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