Fri 15 July 2016, 10:45 am
Waltham Forest Council has begun a £2.9 million project to repair and restore up to 50 buildings in the St James Street Conservation Area.
Shop fronts and key historic buildings have been earmarked for the work, which is being financed by a £1.46 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with the council providing £1.34 million and other contributions from local businesses and volunteers.
The council has appointed Mulalley as contractor for the project, which is scheduled for completion by spring 2017.
Cleaning, repair and restoration work to the upper floors of 39-41 High Street has now been completed.
Public realm improvements, including the junction at St James Street and the High Street are now being carried out. Other work will include improvements to pavements and lighting, and the removal of unnecessary signage and clutter.
Work on public realm improvements is due to begin in late summer 2016 and will be completed by spring 2017. Riney, the council’s highways contractor, will carry out the public realm improvements. The council has also launched a support programme for businesses working in building conservation and maintenance.
Councillor Clare Coghill, cabinet member for economic growth and high streets called the project “an incredibly important scheme”.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to preserve and restore the historic architecture of the St James Street Conservation Area, and we are putting a really exciting activity programme in place so that residents and businesses have the opportunity to get involved. The council is fully committed to improving its high streets, and this scheme will be a key part of Walthamstow’s ongoing regeneration,” she added.
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