Grants awarded for restoration of historic buildings and shop fronts in Penicuik
A number of property owners in Penicuik have been awarded grant funding to restore and repair key historic buildings in the town centre.
Part of the Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project, the latest round of funding also includes grants to improve some shop fronts, as part of a bid to help boost the town’s economic viability.
In all, five properties are set to benefit from funding totalling £357,508. The total cost of the improvement work is £766,486.
2-3 The Square
One of the projects will see the restoration of 2/3 The Square (pictured), an old auto parts building that has been partly demolished due to its poor structural condition. Widely considered as an eyesore, the building is prominently located at the top of Bridge Street and The Square, near the junction with the High Street and West Street.
The restoration scheme will involve rebuilding work to create a retail unit on the ground floor with two flats above. Natural stone, lime render on the walls and natural slates on the roof will match the original, with timber sash and case windows and a new timber shop front also included.
19-20 The Square
A grant has also been awarded to 19-20 The Square, a two storey traditional building fronting the green. The ground floor was originally the old Buttercup Dairy and some elements of the original shop front remain, such as the green ceramic tiles in the front entrance.
The repair and restoration scheme will involve stone repairs to the front and gable of the building, new timber sash and case windows on the first floor, and a new shop front that will restore many of the original features.
25, 27 and 28 The Square
Other properties to benefit from funding are the single and 2-storey shops at 25, 27 and 28 The Square, opposite number 2/3, near the junction with the High Street and West Street.
All the shop fronts are currently in a poor condition, with modern deep plastic fascia and a mixture of modern plastic materials. The improvement scheme will provide new traditional timber frontages similar to the originals, helping to unite the buildings and transform this part of the town.
All the buildings are regarded as priority projects for the Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project and are eligible for grant assistance.
Councillor Russell Imrie, Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities said: “The restoration and improvement work to these key buildings in the centre of Penicuik represents a significant investment, aimed at enhancing the attractiveness of the town centre and improving its economic viability.
“The work will help retain and improve retail activity and will safeguard these historic buildings for the future. The restoration of 2/3 The Square is particularly important,” added Councillor Imrie, “as it has remained an eyesore for too long. Along with many others, I am very pleased that this is now being tackled.”
Restoration work on 19-20 The Square is now underway and will be completed by early May, while work on 2/3 The Square will start on 14 March and is due for completion by the end of September. The improvement work on the shops at 25-28 The Square will start on 22 May, and is scheduled for completion by 22 September 2022.
About the regeneration project
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, and Penicuik and District Community Council.