Grant Funding Of £1.1 Million Secured For Key Barrow Street

A key street in Barrow’s town centre is set to be revitalised thanks to grant funding of £1.1 million from Historic England.

Barrow Borough Council applied to the heritage organisation for funding in 2019.

Historic England has now confirmed Duke Street, in Barrow, is among 14 historic high streets across the North West to benefit from the fund, which can only be used in designated Conservation Areas.

The money will be used to launch the Re:discover Barrow project which will include:

– physical improvements to properties via a grants scheme

– enhancements to public space 

– delivery of cultural activities to regenerate and restore the local historic character of the area, encouraging people to learn about the history of Duke Street and its surrounds

The programme will also aim to show the importance of protecting and enhancing Barrow’s rich heritage – with partner organisations asking the public what they would like to see take place – from art and exhibitions to installations and events.

It is hoped the activities will establish and sustain a new offer on Duke Street and the surrounding area – an important historic street in Barrow’s town centre.

Councillor Helen Wall, Barrow Borough Council spokesperson for heritage, said: “I am thrilled that Barrow has secured Historic England funding.

“I am thrilled that Barrow has secured this Historic England funding. The small heritage team at the town hall has worked really hard on the bid and I heartily congratulate them. 

“Barrow has a unique history, full  of character, and the many listed buildings in the town centre reflect that.

“The Re:discover Barrow project will help ensure Duke Street plays a renewed role in bringing people to the town centre to enjoy, celebrate and learn about this important part of our town and the role it has played in the development of Barrow over the years.”

Councillor Ann Thomson, the leader of Barrow Borough Council, said: “Barrow’s high street was once a busy, thriving hub which brought people together every day to shop, work and socialise.

“More recently, it has faced challenges along with other high streets across the UK.

“We are delighted our bid for this crucial funding for the Re:discover Barrow project has been successful.

“It will breath new life into our historic town centre buildings on Duke Street, enhancing the environment for everyone as we move forwards into the future.”

The four year programme is supported by match funding from Barrow BID.

BID Manager Colin Garnett welcomed the award. He said “This is great news for Barrow town centre and aligns well with the work of the BID.

“We look forward to working in partnership with the council and others involved in the Heritage Action Zone.”

The High Street Heritage Action Zone is linked to the much larger Future High Streets Fund, which was announced in late August 2019. 

The Heritage Action Zone is specifically designated to restore historical high streets and Duke Street Barrow has many historic features and a rich and diverse built heritage.