BUILDINGS at the top end of Bradford city centre could be restored to their Victorian glory thanks to a £2 million lottery grant.
Bradford Council has secured its first step towards the funding to improve its City Centre Conservation Area.
The Townscape Heritage programme will target buildings in Rawson Place, Darley Street, James Street and North Parade, known as the “top of town,” and more recently as the Independent Quarter.
Although numerous independent business have opened in that area over the past few years, parts remain blighted by empty buildings, many of which are listed but are now a shadow of their former grandeur.
The scheme is similar to one that has run in Keighley since 2011, and restored numerous prominent town centre buildings.
The award includes initial funding of £61,000 to develop a more detailed proposal to secure the full funding in the next 12 months. If this is successful, the lottery will release the £2 million, the highest grant available.
Lottery funding will be enhanced with a further £250,000 from Bradford Council, with the money topping up investment from the property owners.