The Wellingborough Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is a scheme currently underway in the town centre. It is a five year Heritage Lottery funded project which aims to deliver a series of initiatives, underpinned by Wellingborough's heritage and the promotion and preservation of the town's historical and cultural assets.
The key objectives of the THI are to:
- save historically important buildings that are at risk of rot and decline.
- regenerate the town centre and provide a more attractive environment with heritage at its core.
- help local businesses improve the aesthetic value of their business and the historic fabric of their buildings.
- attract investment into the town by reducing the decline of its heritage properties.
- bring empty shop space, back into use.
The Wellingborough THI phase II bid outlines the project objectives in more detail. The links below provide information about the different initiatives being funded by the this scheme.
Wellingborough's THI area covers the core retail centre of the town, encompassing Sheep Street, Silver Street, High Street, Broad Green, Market Street, Cambridge Street, and elements of Park Street. This project is helping to achieve the objectives identified in the Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal
Through the Development Phase of the Heritage Lottery (HLF) bid process, we have developed a Building at Risk Register (BAR), adopted an Article 4 direction and created an Area of Special Control of Advertisement (ASCA) , updated the CAA Management Plan, completed Structural surveys for key buildings and developed relationships with stakeholders.
The sum of £1,425,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, backed up by £706,977 from BCW and £1,691,469 from property owners providing a grand total of £3,823,546 to be invested in Wellingborough's heritage. Over five years this will save and protect eight major properties and recapture the heritage of at least twenty Shop Fronts. A grant will be available for smaller repairs to at least twenty five other properties. £128,699 will be spent on public realm projects including improvements to the War Memorial. £70,000 will be available for training including apprenticeships and bespoke workshops and £25,000 will fund the continued development of the Heritage trail.