The work will boost the town centre

Gillygate shopping area in Pontefract is to be repaired as part of Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative. Jo Hill THI officer / Architect Bob Clayton / Cllr Pat Garbutt / Christine Cartwright and Peter Cookson from Pontefract civic society and building owner John Harvey. (P511B436)
Gillygate shopping area in Pontefract is to be repaired as part of Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative. Jo Hill THI officer / Architect Bob Clayton / Cllr Pat Garbutt / Christine Cartwright and Peter Cookson from Pontefract civic society and building owner John Harvey. (P511B436)
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A historic building in the heart of Pontefract town centre will be restored to its former glory as part of a £1.5m scheme to protect the town’s heritage.

Number 5-9 Gillygate will be repaired as part of the Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), which is jointly funded by Wakefield Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The buildings – which have shops at ground level and flats above – will benefit from a number of improvements, including repairs to the roofs, windows and guttering.

The building’s historic terracotta features will also be cleaned up and restored.

The work will start next week and is expected to take around 18 weeks.

The THI offers building owners in the Market Place Conservation Area a chance to apply for grants for repair and restoration works.

A number of other projects as part of the initiative have already been completed, including replacing the shop front at 15 Market Place.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for economic growth and skills, said: “This initiative is an opportunity to safeguard the town’s historic buildings, ensuring future generations can enjoy Pontefract’s rich heritage representing centuries of development.

“The work to the Gillygate buildings will boost the town centre, making it a more attractive place to visit, shop, work and invest.

“This property is the first priority scheme to come forward and I look forward to other projects being delivered in the coming months.”