Hillgate Townscape Heritage Initiative

The Hillgate Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) was a 5 year conservation led regeneration programme which commenced in July 2003.

The scheme was jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Stockport Council and administered by the council.

The objectives of the programme were to safeguard the distinctive character of the Hillgate conservation area whilst breathing new life into it. The scheme focussed on priority buildings and projects providing grants for the repair, restoration and re-use of properties. It also focussed on the infilling of key gap sites.

In addition, a programme of highways and environmental works took place during the life of the THI. This was to make the area more attractive for residents, businesses and visitors.

Several key schemes were identified as being vital to the success of the regeneration of Hillgate. The council worked closely with development partners to deliver these key schemes.

The objective was to secure a long term, sustainable future for key building groups within the THI area. The key buildings of which are of importance due to their historic value and their position as landmark buildings within the conservation area.

The key schemes were 27 Higher Hillgate, Salvation Army Citadel, the former Peaches Nightclub and the Mealhouse Brow block.