SRB Market and Underbanks Area

2. Shawcross Fold Millennium Project

The Shawcross Fold Millennium Project secured the repair and re-use of 9 listed buildings. One of the listed buildings, Staircase House, dates from 1460. The significant re-use of these buildings includes the town's local history museum and housing.

Bringing people back into the town centre to live is one of the key factors in achieving successful regeneration. We worked in partnership with housing associations from its Housing Partnership.

The Mealhouse Brow Project, for example, provided 28 new homes in the Market Place.

Other historic and listed buildings were repaired and restored with the Facelift Grant scheme, supported by the Security Grant scheme.

Highways and environmental improvements schemes were carried out. They set standards which attracted a Civic Trust Award on the White Lion area, Great Underbank and Bridge Street Brow. High quality natural stone materials were used, trees introduced and bespoke seats and railings made.

The schemes included not only improvements to traffic management and street surfaces, but also to lighting, signage and street furniture. Also new thematic public art works to reinforce the identity of the area.