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Spruce-up begins on Burnley's listed buildings
THE first phase of a three-part facelift of Burnley’s cultural and political centre is now under way.
Scaffolding has been wrapped around Burnley Mechanics Theatre as work starts on essential maintenance, which is being carried for the first time in more than 30 years.
Work will include checking the masonry, stonework and windows of the listed building and touching up paintwork, for an undisclosed sum, a council spokesman said.
He said that the cost of the initial maintenance could not be disclosed as the cost could change, depending on the state the building is found to be in.
If it is found that any repairs are needed, they will be completed at an additional cost.
The work is due to continue until October and certain parts of the buildings will be obscured by scaffolding until then.
The former Mechanics Institute was designated a Grade Two listed building by English Heritage on September 29, 1977, classifying it as a ‘particularly important building of more than special interest’.
The institute was transformed into a theatre in 1979 and has become the central point of cultural activity in the town with plays, art exhibitions, comedy and jazz, folk, blues and classical concerts regularly bringing in large numbers.
Another major scheme is also getting under way to transform the former Lambert Howarth factory site in Finsley Gate.
Diggers moved on to the site this week before demolition work starts to make way for new housing at the tail-end of the Weavers’ Triangle.
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