What is the Townscape Heritage Project?
In August 2015, Cheshire West and Chester Council submitted a bid to the Heritage Lottery for funding to improve and repair some of the timber framed buildings in Northwich. The bid was successful and the Heritage Lottery has given permission for the Council to start the project. In total the bid will bring in £1.4 million to support building improvement works and heritage activity in Northwich town centre.
Over £1 million will be spent on selected buildings, particularly some of the older timber framed buildings in High Street and Witton Street through a grant support programme. The remainder of the money is for activities and management. The heritage activities will include heritage talks and tours, special history sessions for schools, workshops on the management and maintenance of the timber framed buildings, the website and other heritage related projects in the area.
How long is the Townscape Heritage project in Northwich expected to take?
The project was given Permission to Start by the Heritage Lottery Fund in March 2015. The project has five years to run so is due for completion in December 2020.
Which buildings are included in the Townscape Heritage project in Northwich?
A survey was carried out and prepared by Purcell, a firm of architects and heritage consultants specialising in the conservation of the historic environment. The work was undertaken by Robert Lister BA(Hons) MArch RIBA and updated in August 2015.
This was a visual survey made of the timber framed properties on High Street and Witton Street, Northwich that had been highlighted as being suitable for improvement under the Townscape Heritage project and were categorised into High priority, Medium priority and Reserve as the map indicates.
The Townscape Heritage project will run for five years so improvements to the buildings will be carried out over this period.