Great progress for Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Scheme

Bishopwearmouth townscape heritage scheme

The Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Scheme which began in 2018 is progressing well with many of the projects nearing completion.

The scheme is a five year regeneration programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Sunderland City Council, working in partnership with local business owners and tenants, with the total investment likely to reach £3m by Summer 2023.

The Council were awarded £1.9m from the National Lottery in June 2018 to deliver the scheme which includes historic building repairs, public realm improvements and an activity plan to highlight the importance of Bishopwearmouth as a historic part of Sunderland.

£700,000 is being invested at Town Park (the wonderful green space next to Sunderland Minster) and on rebuilding the boundary walls to the historic churchyard. The park works include new granite paving, new seating and upgraded lighting, and the creation of a central sensory garden on the footprint of the lost streets of Littlegate and Southgate. The churchyard walls have been rebuilt in limestone and sandstone reusing the existing materials, with new cast iron railings fabricated by Sunderland based firm Specialist Castings Ltd and surviving panels of historic railings have also been restored. BCE Northern is the main contractor, Mason and Forster Stonemasons undertaking the specialist stonework to the churchyard and the sensory garden.

£800,000 is being invested by Leighton Management across their two projects at the Dun Cow and the Peacock with a total grant award of £383,000 for both projects from the TH scheme. Works have included repairs to the historic stonework, roofs, chimneys, windows and doors. The copper dome and clock to the Dun Cow have also been repaired by SV Rutter the lead contractor on both projects.

For further information on this fantastic project Click here 


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