Restoration work starts on iconic Pontefract building

​Date:15/03/2016

Ref: PR 7201

Major restoration work has started on one of Pontefract's landmark buildings, which will see it transformed to its former glory.

The outside of 26 Market Place is being repaired and the improvements will include reinstating the traditional shop frontage and restoring the original upper floor windows.

The project is part of the Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative, which is funded by Wakefield Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The purpose of the initiative is to renovate key historic properties and make a positive impact on the town centre.

A number of other projects in Pontefract are already underway and nearing completion, including 1 Market Place and 3 Gillygate, where traditional shop fronts have been reinstated and the building has been given a new heritage colour scheme. The Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative is also helping to fund the external renovation of 45 Ropergate.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills said: "Pontefract has a wonderful heritage and I am pleased to that we are able to preserve and enhance our historic buildings. This is also helping to improve the town centre for businesses, residents and visitors."