High Peak Borough Council’s ambitious plans to redevelop Glossop’s civic buildings will benefit from a £2 million grant from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership via the organisation’s Getting Building Fund allocation, it has been announced.
The £5.5m project will see the currently predominantly vacant buildings based in the centre of Glossop repurposed for a mixture of new uses including office, meeting spaces for commercial and community use and the introduction of a new mezzanine floor to create new studio space for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
The Market Hall, which will have its suspending ceiling removed and superfast broadband installed, will be upgraded into a new flexible event space with central seating accommodating food and drink businesses alongside the retention of existing retailers in the arcade.
It’s hoped that when complete, the development will revitalise the centre of the town, encouraging new footfall, whilst creating over 100 jobs and assisting around 20 businesses.
The project is one of ten across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire which has received funding from D2N2’s £44 million share of the government’s £900 million Getting Building Fund.
The programme of investment is being used to improve digital infrastructure; support skills and career opportunities; and the transition to a low carbon economy to drive economic growth following the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
With funding secured, work on the redevelopment of the civic buildings will begin immediately with a scheduled completion date of July 2022.
Glossop’s civic buildings
D2N2 Chair Elizabeth Fagan CBE said: “I’m delighted to see D2N2 support this scheme to revitalise the centre of Glossop by repurposing some of its historic buildings, bringing with it jobs and opportunity for the community.”
“Through the Getting Building Fund, D2N2 is investing in projects that will drive the regeneration of our regional economy, adapt to new opportunities, and create a more resilient economy for everyone.”
Councillor Anthony Mckeown, Leader of High Peak Borough Council, said: “We are delighted that we’ve been awarded this significant funding which will enable us to implement our transformational, once-in-a-generation, plans for Glossop’s heritage halls.
“The complex is ideally placed to become the entrepreneurial hub for the surrounding area and a focus for leisure, events and our strong food and drink offer.
“This project is the catalyst that will kickstart our ambitious proposals to breathe new life into the town to boost the local economy, provide new opportunities for our communities and create the vibrant, thriving high street we want to achieve along with retaining and reviving the best of our heritage market – all aims that have taken on an even greater significance as we continue to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Luke Hall MP said: “Supporting the regeneration of unused buildings so they better serve their communities is just one of the ways we are levelling up towns across the country.
“It’s great news that a £2 million Getting Building Fund investment will help bring a new lease of life to Glossop’s vacant civic buildings.
“The former Town Hall, Market Hall, and Municipal buildings will now house local businesses, supporting jobs and revitalising Glossop’s town centre.”
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