Penicuik building and shop front grants approved by Midlothian Council
A historic building grant has been approved by Midlothian Council for the restoration of 2-4 West Street in Penicuik as part of the town’s Heritage Regeneration Project.
Shop improvement grants have also been approved for 14-20 High Street.
The grant award for 2-4 West Street (the Belgian Consulate, pictured far right) is £161,598. This will help meet the cost of work totalling £207,177. The roof will be restored, using natural slate to match the existing tiles, and the building’s stonework will be repaired and repointed. The original timber sash and case windows and external doors will also be repaired and painted.
Grants totalling £76,463 have also been awarded for four shop front improvement schemes in the town centre. These are for 14 High Street (Lindsey’s Flowers), 16 High Street (Best Seller), 18 High Street (Tanz) and 20 High Street (McDougall McQueen, Estate Agents). The existing frontages (pictured first right) will be repaired and repainted, with new shop front fascias, signs and sign writing. The total cost of the project is £80,488.
Midlothian Provost Debbi McCall, who chairs the Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project team, said: “These schemes will significantly enhance and improve the centre of Penicuik. 14-20 High Street is a prominent parade of shops and the improvements will help lift the image of the street, complementing the shop front improvements recently carried out at 22 and 28-30 High Street.
“The building in 2-4 West Street is also in urgent need of restoration. The roof has been leaking over the last 2 years and further deterioration will have an adverse effect on the integrity of this Category “C” listed building. The work will help guarantee its future and allow its two occupants - the Penicuik Arts Association and the Belgian Consulate - to continue to operate from this important historic building, prominently located at the junction of West Street and the High Street”.
The Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project is a 5-year scheme aimed at regenerating the historic core of Penicuik through historic building grants, public realm improvements and an extensive education, training and engagement programme. It is funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Midlothian Council, and is supported by Penicuik Community Development Trust, Penicuik First and Penicuik and District Community Council.