Renovation work has now started on an Armley landmark.
The Mike’s Carpets building, which is in a prominent position on the Armley Road and Branch Road junction is undergoing significant restoration work.
Number two Branch Road, known locally as Mike’s Carpets, was originally built as Methodist Chapel in 1905 and is a grade two listed building.
The historic building, along with several others on Town Street, has been ear marked through the Armley Townscape Heritage Initiative scheme to benefit from funding. The money will improve their appearance and it is hoped increase economic confidence and investment.
Armley Townscape Heritage Initiative is jointly funded by Leeds City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Owner of two Branch Road, Mike Smith, is also working with Arctic Associates – a conservation accredited architectural practice based in Morley – to provide funding and make the project a reality.
Mr Mike Smith of Clifton Properties (Yorkshire) Ltd said:
“I am delighted this scheme has now begun. It has been a long time in the making. The visual impact on Armley these improvements should make will be great for the area inspiring confidence and hopefully bring some extra businesses and increasing footfall.”
The scheme involves repairs to the natural slate roof, restoration of the windows and terracotta entrance as well as rebuilding the boundary wall.
Councillor Richard Lewis Executive member for transport and the economy said:
“The former Mike’s Carpets building is a famous Armley landmark and is on one of the main routes into Leeds city centre. It has been deteriorating for some time so it is a relief to see the scaffolding go up so work can start in earnest. The partnership working of the grant scheme with Mr Smith will bring the building back to its former glory and brighten up the junction.”
The Armley grant scheme is also supporting a block restoration scheme at 14-22 Branch Road, which is already improving the look of the street. Work at two Branch Road is scheduled to be completed by mid-December.
These properties have a conservation deficit meaning the amount of investment required to restore the buildings is not reflected in the property if it were sold at the market rate, so the council had to step in to make things happen.
Notes to editors:
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, it invests in every part of the country’s diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 36,000 projects with more than £6bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk.
About the Townscape Heritage programme
THIs encourages partnerships of local organisations to carry out repairs and other works to a number of historic buildings, structures or spaces. On 25 March 2013 the programme was re-launched as Townscape Heritage with grants now available from £100,000 up to £2m. HLF supports partnerships of local, regional and national interests that aim to regenerate economically disadvantaged historic areas for the benefit of local residents, workers and visitors. To date, HLF has invested over £214m regenerating towns and cities that have suffered serious social and economic decline.
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