HERITAGE buildings in Stockton Town Centre are providing homes suitable for modern day living at the heart of the town.42 High Street is the latest building to benefit from Stockton’s “Grants for Heritage Buildings” scheme which is supporting repairs as well as creating new uses for empty floorspace in the town centre.
Approximately £400,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Stockton Council has helped to renovate the pre-1850 building into 21st Century flats while retaining its architectural features.
The upper floors and rear warehouse have been converted into five, quality, affordable apartments, three of which are already occupied.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith said: “Stockton has many historic buildings which we want to make suitable for use for many future generations. The ‘Grants for Heritage Buildings’ programme is an exciting scheme which is helping to provide funding to bring under used or empty historic buildings back into use, in many cases, for residential purposes.
“The major works under way in Stockton Town Centre will be complete within the next year which will really transform the look and feel of the town. I’m sure the welcoming atmosphere will entice more people to choose to live within easy reach of the town’s many business and leisure opportunities including the busy programme of nationally acclaimed events and festivals, creating a bustling, vibrant town centre.”
Mr Manjinder Jagpal of Ingleby Barwick Land and Property Developments Ltd, and owner of 42 High Street, added: “The vision and ambition of everyone with an interest in Stockton Town Centre should be to create residential apartments above all the retail shops which will create a sustainable ‘village’ where people can live, work, shop and access all the other vast facilities and services within Stockton Town Centre without needing a car.
“I’m delighted that I have been able to access this funding so the building could be renovated to provide quality accommodation for anyone wishing to live within the town centre. It has also meant that I have been able to upgrade the facilities on the ground floor to make sure they are appropriate for a modern day business. What’s more, all this has been achieved whilst retaining its heritage and architectural qualities.
“It has been really satisfying to see an unused derelict space being brought back to use as it was previously lying idle within our local economy. Without the grant support from Stockton Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund this dream would not have been possible.”
42 High Street is not the only property to benefit from the scheme.
17 Dovecot Street has recently been awarded approximately £60,000 to help bring vacant upper floor space into use as a residential flat. Improvements will also be made to the shop front, windows and roof.
134 High Street is receiving around £140,000 grant funding so the property owner can bring a vacant ground floor retail unit back into retail use and complete full external repairs to prevent deterioration of the building while also improving the look of this part of Stockton High Street.
If you have a heritage building in Stockton Town Centre, it may be eligible for grant funding to help repair and bring any vacant or under-used space back into use. For more information contact Suzanne Calvert email firstname.lastname@example.org on (01642) 526991.