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Accolade for Darwen town centre heritage plan
7:00pm Friday 10th August 2012 in News
A SCHEME to help regenerate historic buildings in Darwen Town Centre has received a prestigious award from the Royal Town Planning Institute.
The £2.5m Darwen town centre townscape heritage initiative received the ‘Commendation for town centre regeneration and conservation’ after helping to restore over 25 historic buildings and make major improvements to the town’s market square.
The five-year programme, which began in 2006, received £2m funding from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Heritage Lottery Fund, and a further £562,750 of private investment.
Buildings such as Holker House, the former Burton building Market Street Pharmacy, 3 Foundry Street, 25 Railway Road/2-4 Knott Street, the former tram shelter waiting rooms on the A666, the former Belgrave Chapel and several buildings on Bolton Road were all renovated as part of the initiative.
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