A new lease of life for historic area of Sunderland

Written by on 21st January 2018

People are being invited to come along to an event in the city centre next week to find out more about a bid to breathe new life into historic buildings in Sunderland’s Minster quarter.

Sunderland City Council has been successful in winning through to the second stage of a £2m bid to the National Heritage Lottery Fund to help restore historic buildings around Sunderland Minster, the Empire Theatre and Town park and if successful hopes to start the five year project this summer.

The event on Tuesday 23rd January begins at 1 pm in Town Park (next to Sunderland Minster) with a walk and talk around  Bishopwearmouth to explain the Townscape Heritage Scheme led by Jules Brown from the North of England Civic Trust and Judith Miller/Mark Taylor from the City Council.

People will be able to find out more about plans for improving and revitalising Town Park, some of the buildings being targeted for repair and restoration grants under the scheme and the benefits for the buildings themselves and the wider regeneration of the area.

There is also the chance to find out about some of the heritage-related community activities people can get involved in during the five year scheme.

At the end of the walkabout there is also the opportunity to go for tea and coffee and ask further questions about the scheme at the upstairs events space at the Peacock Pub, the Edwardian interior of which has recently been sensitively refurbished.

Cabinet Secretary, Councillor Mel Speding, said: “We were delighted to secure initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the scheme last year and we’ve been doing a lot of work since then to come up with detailed proposals which we’ll be submitting as a second stage bid.

“We’re very proud of our heritage in Sunderland. This scheme will allow us to see some of the beautiful buildings and historic spaces in the Bishopwearmouth conservation area restored through a Townscape Heritage partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“This event is an opportunity for people to come along and find out more about the plans and how they can get involved in helping make it happen if we are successful in winning funding.”

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