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Lower Kirkgate Townscape Heritage Initiative

The Lower Kirkgate Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is an exciting project that will protect and restore the historic character of city centre buildings, through their repair, reinstatement and conservation.

In total £1.05m has been awarded from the HLF to be matched with £668k public funding. This along with £894k potential private funding could bring the total investment to an estimated £2.6m.

Kirkgate itself is thought to be the oldest street in Leeds. Some of the buildings on it will see repairs to shopfronts, windows and other elements in order to bring them back into use. The THI scheme also incorporates the iconic First White Cloth Hall, a Grade II* listed building which brought about early mercantile development of cloth in Leeds. This important building is in a poor condition and the scheme will look at the options for repair and restoration of the site.

The quality of the public realm will also be improved through the utilisation of traditional building materials and techniques, making Lower Kirkgate a more attractive place to visit and spent time.

A Lower Kirkgate THI newsletter is available from the Documents section which provides updates on the progress of the scheme.

For more information regarding the Lower Kirkgate THI please contact Neall Bower on 0113 395 0127 or neall.bower@leeds.gov.uk
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