Heritage Scheme celebrates largest combined project to improve shop fronts along city gateway

Works to restore historic buildings along Carrington Street to their former glory are being completed thanks to grants from Nottingham’s Townscape Heritage Scheme.

Numbers 18, 20 and 22 – 26 Carrington Street, situated on the northern section of the street opposite the Broadmarsh Car Park site, are owned by the Burt family, who run the long-established Lenton-based hosiery firm Burt Bros, and received funding last year to help towards repairs to the properties.

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  • 18 Carrington Street,designed by local architect Evans and Son in 1913, which has seen its ornate terracotta frontage cleaned and the impressive curved-glass shopfront restored. It is soon to be occupied by a solicitors firm,
  • For many years, 20 Carrington Street been home to Eyecatcher Opticians.

F. M. Ketton constructed the Tudor revival style building in 1913. The decorative and distinctive timber-framed frontage has been repaired and original shopfront restored.

  • 22-26 Carrington Street is a 1923  building and was designed by prominent local architectural firm Bromley and Watkins, whose founder Albert Nelson Bromley designed many other notable Nottingham buildings in the city including the Zara store on Pelham St (formerly Boots). The building on Carrington Street was originally built as a drive-through petrol station for Anglo-American oil, with Daisy Howard Ladies’ Outfitters occupying the lower corner shop. The original shopfront was taken out to make way for a job-centre in 1973. The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant has allowed stonework to be cleaned, restoration work to the decorative features of the corner shop, and large expanses of glass to be installed to cover the original entry/exit points of the petrol station. The unit has been vacant for many years, but has now been brought back into use with offices occupying the upper floors, and a new spin-studio and juice bar due to open soon on the ground floor.

In 2016 The National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded £682,400 to Nottingham City Council for a five-year  scheme to provide grants to eligible owners or tenants of historic buildings in the Carrington Street area towards the cost of building repair or other townscape heritage works, such as the reinstatement of traditional shop-fronts.

Since the scheme started, a number of buildings have benefited from grant funding, which on Carrington Street include The Barley Twist, The Gresham Hotel and The Urban Room at No. 38.

On Station Street, Hopkinsons and a former Police Station have also received grants.

Councillor Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage at Nottingham City Council, said: “We’re pleased to be working closely with building owners and businesses such as the Burt family, who have shown a real commitment to investing in the city and bringing its historic buildings back to life.

“This scheme, with help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is helping to transform the Carrington Street area back into the impressive gateway it once was by preserving and restoring some important historical features, which might have been lost otherwise.

“We are proud of Nottingham’s past and ambitious for its future and heritage-led regeneration is a great way to restore the city’s historic character, boost tourism and create jobs.”

Anne Jenkins, Area Director: England, Midlands & East, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “The south side of Nottingham city centre is undergoing a major transformation and Carrington Street is one of the first views visitors see when travelling into the city.

“Nottingham is steeped in history and with thanks to National Lottery players, this scheme is not only helping to improve the look of this busy pedestrian route, but also helping to support the city’s ambition to put Nottingham’s proud heritage at the heart of its future regeneration.”

The scheme is still open to expression of interests for grant funding. More information can be found by visiting www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/CarringtonStreetTH

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Editors Notes

About Carrington Street Area Townscape Heritage Scheme

In 2016, £682,400 of Heritage Lottery Funding was awarded for a Townscape Heritage scheme in the Carrington Street area of Nottingham. The five-year scheme will run until March 2021.

The scheme provides grants to eligible owners or tenants of a historic buildings on Carrington Street or Station Street, of up to 67% of the costs of building repair or other townscape heritage works, such as the reinstatement of a traditional shop-fronts.

More information on the scheme can be found here: www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/CarringtonStreetTH

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

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