Second Priority Project has started on site in Pontefract Market Place Conservation Area

Ref: PR 5074
Date: 24/09/2015

Work has started on site to repair a key building in Pontefract town centre as part of an initiative to help protect the town's local heritage.

1 Market Place and 3 Gillygate is being repaired as part of the £1.5m Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), which is jointly funded by Wakefield Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This is the second Priority Project to start on site. It is next door to the first Priority project, 5- 9 Gillygate, which was completed earlier in the year.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, said: "I am delighted that another part of the town is benefiting from this fantastic initiative to safeguarding our town's historic buildings. These buildings represent Pontefract's rich heritage and this work will ensure that they can be enjoyed for many more generations to come."

Works started in early September and are expected to last for 18 weeks.

The former Georgian house is a Grade II listed building. Today there is a shop to the ground floor and the owners are looking to create apartments on the floors above.

Works include the reinstatement of traditional shop fronts to both elevations and repairs to the roof and sash windows. The old cream paint will also be removed from the exterior brickwork and replaced in a traditional colour, plus the cleaning, repairing and reinstatement of terracotta detailing.

The Pontefract THI provides funds to repair and restore historic buildings in the Market Place Conservation Area.

A number of smaller schemes funded by the THI have been recently completed, including the transformation of the chip shop at 29 Gillygate and offices at 13 Ropergate End.

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