The Historic Quarter was designated a Conservation Area in 1989 and centres around the Grade II-listed railway station, extending north towards Middlehaven and south towards the town centre.
The quarter will now become the focus of a programme of improvements designed to reinvigorate the area and drive investment, after the area was chosen to receive key funding through Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zone fund.
This will include improvements to Exchange Square and Zetland Road such as upgrades to street surfacing, new street furniture, improved street lighting and tree-lined pavements.
Work will start in autumn 2020 until 2024. Funding will also offer property improvement grants to eligible privately-owned premises, to assist with building repairs and restoration to some of the key buildings in the zone.
Many buildings that will benefit from the grants are some of the oldest in Middlesbrough and were the homes or workplaces of Middlesbrough’s former industrial pioneers. The heritage of the zone will be preserved through careful restoration work, while improving the look and feel of the area for visitors and residents.
Heritage Unlocked founder Dr Tosh Warwick, who chairs the HAZ Community Steering Group, said: “The Historic England Heritage Action Zone will bring new life to an important part of Middlesbrough’s heritage.
“By reinvigorating the Historic Quarter all parts of the community can discover, engage with and enjoy our town’s heritage, learn more about our past and benefit from regeneration at the heart of our town.”
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