Supported by Stockton Council’s “Grants for Heritage Buildings”, conservation works have saved and restored number 14 and 16 West Row: two of Stockton’s historic warehouses dating from the 18th and 19th centuries when the town was establishing and proving itself as an important driver of the industrial revolution.
Grant funding from the English Heritage has also helped, along with significant time, commitment and investment by the owner, the project has saved number14 West Row – the oldest of the two properties – from certain demolition, and has secured the structural integrity of both buildings for many years to come. The owner is now focussing his efforts on completing internal works before the properties are brought back into future use as a venue for artists.
To complete the transformation of 14-16 West Row, a mural has been constructed on the back and side of the building. The mural has been specially designed by the late Stockton-based artist Zak Newton and is made up of three elements that commemorate the heritage of the building, celebrating “A Century of Change” as the former site of Stockton Fire Station. An interpretation panel has now been included to allow people to understand this beautiful piece of artwork.