Monday, 19 September 2011

First building completed in townscape heritage scheme

The first property to be completed in the Chapeltown Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is due to be unveiled this week.

Miss Browns Coffee House, at 152 Chapeltown Road will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Reverend Alan Taylor on Tuesday 20 September.

The initiative is being funded by Leeds City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, with contributions from the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative, and private investment from owners of businesses benefiting from the scheme.

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All media are invited to the opening of Miss Browns Coffee House by the Lord Mayor on Tuesday 20 September at 11 am. Please call the press office on 0113 2474450 to arrange attendance.
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The works to Miss Browns Coffee House included a new roof, sash windows, restoration of the front door, and York paving stones and heritage style railings being added to the front garden area. All work was carried out to exacting conservation standards.

One of the main aims of this THI schemes is not only maintaining and enhancing the rich architectural legacy of this unique area but also raising awareness of heritage issues locally and promoting high conservation standards and construction skills.

Amanda Brown, owner of Miss Browns Coffee House , said:

"I have worked with local skilled tradesmen to renovate 152 Chapeltown Road to provide Miss Browns Coffee House, a new local facility for local residents, workers and visitors to the area.

"The THI funding has enabled us to renovate the outside of the building and improve its presence in Chapeltown. By using local people the grant money has also remained in the local economy and provides a permanent example of work carried out to a very high standard by and for the local community."

Chapeltown is widely acknowledged to have a strong cultural inheritance and the commercial centre along Chapeltown Road is already popular and lively with a strong and loyal base of local customers. However 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 a field.

Councillor Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member for neighbourhoods, housing and regeneration said:

"Along with the other improvements such as the recently opened Reginald Centre and previous heritage led regeneration schemes such as Newton Grove shops the THI funded schemes will continue to develop and enhance what is already a very exciting and unique place. This is such a welcome opportunity to restore some fantastic historic buildings 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:
“The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to welcome the first of a series of exciting redevelopments in Chapletown, which will restore some of the area’s distinctive heritage character.”

Leeds City Council Notes to editors:

Townscape Heritage Initiative is a nation wide 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


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450