Historic Shopfront Grant Scheme Launches In West Cumbrian Town

A new shopfront grant scheme aimed at enhancing Maryport’s historical architecture has been launched as part of the town’s High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) programme. 

The scheme, funded by Historic England and being run by Allerdale Borough Council, aims to replace eligible modern shopfronts which do not complement the historic architectural style of their host building or the conservation area, with shopfronts that will enhance the building and the street as a whole.

Artist impressions of the shopfronts

Shopfronts which are modern or non-traditional in Senhouse Street, or within the parts of Curzon Street or Crosby Street, may be eligible for a grant and are encouraged to get in touch with the council.

The grant scheme has a defined amount funding and will be available where a change in design is needed, rather than for repairs or decoration to historic or traditional looking shopfronts.

The shopfront initiative is part of the council’s wider Maryport Regeneration Scheme, which has been the subject of two successful funding bids.

One of these is the £1.2m High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), funded by Historic England and the council with contributions from Sellafield Ltd.

The aims of the HAZ are to help regenerate the high street using its historic environment and heritage as the catalyst.

The projects are aimed at improving the quality and authenticity of the historic architecture as well as their use in order to increase enjoyment of the town centre and boost footfall.

The HAZ area where the grants will be used

Cllr Mike Johnson, leader of the council and Executive member for economic growth, community development and placemaking, said: “Following our success in gaining funding for the HAZ programme and the Future High Streets Fund there’s lots to be excited about in Maryport and our officers are working hard to bring the regeneration plans to life.

“As we all can see, the town has some amazing architecture and this new scheme will help enhance that to make Maryport and even better place to live, work and visit.” 

With the support of a team of conservation architects, a Shopfront Design Guide for Maryport has been produced to ensure work to any premises is of a suitable design that will positively enhance the town’s character and will be acceptable to main funders Historic England.

Businesses who believe they are eligible should email helen.brownlie@allerdale.gov.uk with details of the address in mind and its current use (if it has one). Helen can also provide further details on the main criteria and design guide.