More Grants to Restore Prescot’s Historic Character
The Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative has approved four more grants to restore and repair town centre properties.
Buildings at 19, 54 and 56 Eccleston Street and 9 Market Place have all been identified as a priority for restoration within the conservation area.
Improvements, costing over £200,000, will bring the exteriors into line with Prescot’s historic character.
The early 19th-century townhouse at 9 Market Place, for example, will see the return of its cast iron balcony and several decorative details lost decades ago. The changes will be based on photographs from the Prescot Historic Society archives.
Turn-of-the-century photos will also guide the restoration of the Eccleston Street buildings, with the removal of modern features such as roller shutters and the return of shopfronts in the historic style.
The empty upper floor of 56 Eccleston Street (pictured) will be converted into a studio apartment, as part of a drive to regenerate the centre by creating more residential space on Prescot’s main shopping street.
The earmarked buildings will still need to obtain planning permissions, and work on the sites is expected to begin in 2015.
£1.9 million has been allotted for building repair and restoration as part of the Prescot THI, of which over £1 million has been given out in grants so far.
The scheme is funded jointly by Heritage Lottery Fund, Knowsley Council, Knowsley Housing Trust and other partners.