To register your interest in the Heritage Action Zone Grant Scheme:
- Please complete the expression of interest form below and send it to us using the details listed on the form.
- We'll aim to contact you within 10 working days to discuss your building in more detail and talk you through the application process.
Deadline to register your interest: midnight on Friday, 31 March 2023.
What can I use the grant for and how much will I get?
You can use the grant to cover up to 85% of the cost of exterior repairs to your historic property in the Drake Street area. There's no cap on the amount of funding you can receive.
Exterior repairs you can use the grant for include:
- Re-roofing and leadwork
- New windows and doors
- Rainwater goods, such as drainpipes and gutters
- External joinery
- Structural timber repairs
- Masonry repairs
- Render repairs
Why do we need a Heritage Action Zone in Rochdale?
We hope the Heritage Action Zone will help restore and put back into use historic buildings along Drake Street. Our vision is to transform this failing retail-dominated street into a vibrant area of mixed-use developments, including offices and apartments.
More than 30 buildings along Drake Street are either locally or nationally listed. The buildings vary in style and show impressive examples of Georgian, Victorian and early 20th century architecture. A large proportion of these buildings, however, are in poor condition and are either vacant or don't have a sustainable use.
Until the early 1980s, Drake Street was Rochdale's premier place to shop. The area originally developed as a commercial, cultural, social and civic focal point of the town with strong connections to the Co-operative Movement. However, a series of local and national influences have affected the area and led to a decline on the street.