Businesses and property owners in two of Leicester’s busiest shopping streets can now bid for a share of a £1.5 million fund to help restore historic buildings.
Leicester City Council has been awarded the cash from Historic England as part of the national High Street Heritage Action Zone programme.
The funding will help support a four-year scheme that will see some of the most important historic shopfronts and buildings in Granby Street and Church Gate repaired, restored, and revamped as part of a major heritage-led regeneration scheme.
Property owners and businesses can now apply for grants to support work to repair building frontages, reinstate lost architectural features and help bring empty upper-floor space back into use.
The scheme will run alongside the city council’s major investment in public realm improvements. This includes the pedestrianisation of Church Gate as part of the ambitious £8 million scheme to transform the shopping streets around the Clock Tower, and a planned £900,000 improvement scheme on part of Granby Street.
The funding will also support research into the history of the two streets and key buildings, the development of heritage skills apprenticeships with local businesses, and free initial architectural advice for property owners.
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