Landmark Chapeltown buildings completed in townscape heritage scheme

A further two properties have joined the growing list of historical refurbishment projects along Chapeltown Road and will be re-opened next week.

Cantors Fish Shop and Independent Woman (hair and beauty) are due to be officially ‘reopened’ on Friday 15 November by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Thomas Murray.

The refurbishment, carried out through the Chapeltown Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), was funded by Leeds City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, with contributions from the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative, and private investment from the owners of the businesses benefiting from the scheme.

Cantors Fish Shop has been a well-established part of the Chapeltown scene for at least 75 years. The recently installed, architecturally designed shopfronts are a modern interpretation of the iconic art deco images from the late 1930s.

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All media are invited to the opening of Cantors and Independent Woman by the Lord Mayor on Friday 15 November at 11:45 am. Please call the press office on 0113 2474450 to arrange attendance.

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The improvement works to both properties included upgrading the roofs, replacing the shop fronts, installing sash windows, and heritage style railings added to Cantors side garden area. All work was carried out to exacting conservation standards.

One of the main aims of THI schemes is to support local businesses through conservation led regeneration in order to contribute towards the economy, sustainability and vitality of the communities concerned. The THI scheme provides the potential to realise the full historic quality of key buildings which will complement the cultural aspect and create a distinctive setting to attract businesses, visitors and shoppers from further afield.

Sheila Grant, owner of Independent Woman, said:

“We were very pleased to take advantage of the grant offer and think both Independent Woman and Cantors look fantastic! This really helps Chapeltown take its rightful place as a thriving business centre and look forward to many more years offering our services in this attractive part of Leeds’’

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for development and the economy said:

‘’The recently refurbished Cantors and Independent Woman businesses really showcase the fantastic on-going heritage improvements along Chapeltown Road and continue to enhance the economic vibrancy of the area as a whole. This is such a great opportunity to restore important historic buildings and to celebrate their legacy whilst at the same time continuing to support local businesses now and into the future.”

Dr Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Yorkshire and the Humber, said:

“Our Townscape Heritage Initiative programme was designed to help foster resilience in areas that have suffered economic decline and hardship and we’re delighted to see this scheme in Chapeltown go from strength to strength.”

Councillor Jane Dowson chair of Chapeltown Heritage Advisory Group said:

“This scheme is just one part of our wider aims to revitalise Chapeltown and recognise its diverse history and heritage. The improvements will help to increase local residents’ sense of community pride and make Chapeltown a more vibrant and attractive place live in and to visit.”

Notes to editors:

Townscape Heritage Initiative is a nationwide scheme which offers grants that help communities to regenerate Conservation Areas displaying particular social and economic need.

The Chapeltown THI targets three key blocks of Victorian and Edwardian properties on Chapeltown Road providing grants to bring high quality heritage restoration including reinstatement of architectural features, shop front repair and renewal.

HLF Notes to editors:

HLF’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) encourages partnerships of local organisations to carry out repairs and other works to a number of historic buildings, structures or spaces. Grants range from £500,000 to £2m. To date, HLF has invested over £200m regenerating towns that have suffered serious social and economic decline.

Further information:

For the HLF Press Office please contact Vicky Wilford, 020 7591 6046 / 07973 401 937, email vickyw@hlf.org.uk.


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