The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded Rossendale Borough Council £1.8 million towards its ‘Big Lamp - Shining Light on Haslingden's Heritage’ project.
The funding will support a five-year project to breathe new life and footfall into Haslingden town centre, which has recently been granted Conservation Area status, by engaging people with local heritage and nature. The work will focus on reviving the Deardengate area of the town centre which contains a number of important historic buildings illustrative of Haslingden’s key role in the Industrial Revolution.
As design team lead, Buttress was responsible for creating proposals for the repair and reinstatement of lost architectural features, the development of a shop front design guide, and proposals for the conversion of a number of empty shop units. Improvements to the public realm have also been proposed as part of the plans.
Community engagement has been central to the development of the proposals and the practice has worked closely with Rossendale Borough Council to deliver a programme of activities and events to enable local people to participate in the project and help shape the proposals.
Director, Stephen Anderson, said: “Haslingden grew and was shaped by the Industrial Revolution, but few signs of its manufacturing heritage are now immediately apparent. This funding will be crucial in supporting the sensitive rejuvenation of the town’s heritage, creating an attractive environment that encourages footfall, new business and investment.”