The Historic Lottery Fund is a vital source of funding for our historic fabric. It is set aside for buildings, historic landscapes and the preservation of artefacts. The latest HLF grant is going to a number of northeast historic buildings. These vitally important funds will aid tourism, promote local interest and civic pride, and allow owners to adhere to legal requirements on conservation. The following buildings are part of a £3.5m grant for the region:
Skelton-in-Cleveland High Street
The Victorian buildings in this area will receive nearly £1m. The high street contains some of the best examples of northeast historic buildings. Nearly 30 buildings are protected and are currently in use as commercial premises. Additionally, new street furniture and paving will improve the local area’s aesthetic.
Newcastle’s City Pools Buildings
Built in 1928 as what was then popular wave of lidos and Turkish baths, it closed in 2013. The structure is sound but the interiors require extensive remodelling. It was recently purchased by a private company looking to restore it to its former glory and open it once again to the public. It is hoped it will become a jewel in the crown of northeast historic buildings
Morpeth Railway Station
Still serving the East Coast Main Line, some of it has been closed for the best part of a decade. The nearly £1m grant will restore these areas and return the historic Grade II listed northeast historic buildings to its former glory.
Thornaby Town Hall
The mock Renaissance Victorian Town Hall will receive £863k for accessibility improvements, repair the clock tower and adapt it for receiving the local records service. It has been mostly empty in recent years. The money will also allow local exhibitions and events, putting it back at the heart of the community.