Work to restore 'declining' historic Coventry street complete - The Coventry Observer

Work to restore 'declining' historic Coventry street complete

Coventry Editorial 25th Oct, 2023   0

THE REGENERATION of one of Coventry city centre’s final intact historic streets has now been completed.

The ground-breaking programme to restore or replace 20 shopfronts on the Burges and Hales Street has been carried out by Historic Coventry Trust.

Further work was undertaken on the fabric of the buildings.

The scheme aimed to reverse the decline of the Conservation Area following its listing on Historic England’s At Risk Register.

Work on the final shop front, Oodles restaurant was completed earlier this month, while only two properties on the terrace of buildings haven’t been restored after their owners declined.

The work at The Burges and Hales Street has been funded by a grant from Historic England as the demonstrator project for its national £95million High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme.

Coventry City Council also contributed to the project.

Work is now underway to restore the back of the Oodles building which borders the River Sherbourne.

Historic Coventry Trust chairman Ian Harrabin said: “We have made a fantastic improvement to the street and I think the final shopfront completed at Oodles restaurant is the best yet.

“The works have reversed decades of decline in one of Coventry’s oldest streets.”


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