Grants were available for property owners to put into sound repair the structure and external envelope of buildings that make a positive contribution to the character or appearance of the conservation area.
The THI2 Area covered the section of Marine Road Central from ‘Greenwoods’ to ‘B&M Bargains’ and behind to Victoria Street, including the streets running between (see map). The programme ran for 7 years from 2012 and grants were made available on a first-come-first-served basis. Grants of up to 75% of eligible works were available to properties in the area.
The scheme ran between May 2012 and February 2018 and aided the restoriation of 7 Victorian and Art Deco Properties.
Palladium Cinema Sign, Gable of 240-241 Marine Road Central - A grant of 75% was given towards the restoration of the 'Palladium Cinema' mural on the gable end of 240-241 Marine Road Central in the Spring 2014.
The 1919 sign was restored to its former glory by local artist Shane Johnstone and illustrator Katie Drummond and offers a bright and intriguing nod to Morecambe's past in prime view of Eric.
Shop Front, 240-241 Marine Road Central - Grant-aided works to install new shop fronts to historic Morecambe design have been undertaken.
Wider improvements to the building have also been undertaken by the property owner independently, including the refurbishment of the upper elevations with traditional sliding sash and lime render to create 6 new apartments.
Eric's Café, 245 Marine Central (now the Lighthouse Café) - With the assistance 75% grant for all eligible items including works to reinstate the traditional ptiched slate rppf and bay windows to the front elevation with complementary new timber sliding sash windows throughout, re-rendered and painted, new curved glass shop front, Victorian-style awning and external treatments to support improved outdoor seating for the cafe.
Vedats, 26-28 Victoria Street, Morecambe - The business owners and long-term tenants benefitted from a grant to support new shop fronts, windows and external redecoration to the ground floor of this building.
Galloway's, 12 Victoria Street - Grant assistance was given to restore the Portland Stone façade, shopfront and other eligible items of this important survivor of the period of Art Deco development which swept through Morecambe during the 1930s.
The wider works included the demolition of the former printworks to the rear and erection of a new sameller building to house community facilities and 30 external space for assistance dogs.
Kieron Bassett's, 30A-32 Victoria Street - Grant was awarded to replace two shop fronts and associated ground floor works. The owner of the two properties and the Kieron Bassett Financial Services business took the opportunity to expand into the vacant neighbouring property and benefitted from a grant to support the recplacement of both shop fronts. The wider works including internal demolition and revisedlayout, incorporating various level changes. Following this work the upper elevations and windows were repainted.
248-250 Marine Road Central (The Kings Arms) - Benefitted from professional architectural and costing advice paid for from the grant scheme. The schedule of works and elevation drawings provided eventually formed the basis of works delivered independently by the business.
Although work is still to be completed both units are now occupied and already making a positive impact at street level on the promenade.
Last updated: 24 June 2019