Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme

Beverley Road has been the main northern route into Hull since the medieval period making it one of the city’s most important ‘historic’ gateways. It is also a conservation area and has many important listed (and unlisted) buildings, mainly from the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Unfortunately, this important conservation area has suffered from economic decline in recent years, and as a result, is currently on the national ‘At Risk’ register.

In an effort to reverse this trend, the council successfully applied for some Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) to deliver a Townscape Heritage (TH) scheme to help local property owners pay for much needed conservation repairs, restore architectural features, improve the historic streetscape and help to bring historic buildings back into use.

The HLF awarded a grant of just under £1.6 million to fund the Beverley Road TH scheme focusing on the southern (city centre) end of the Beverley Road conservation area, between Freetown Way to the junction with Queens Road  (TH target area).

The HLF grant is matched with £511,000 from the council and £597,000 from the private sector, making the whole scheme worth just over £2.7 million. This funding will allow the Beverley Road TH scheme to offer restoration grants to owners of some of the key historic properties in the TH target area, to help them carry out much needed conservation repairs to the outside of their buildings.

The Beverley Road TH scheme, which was launched in October 2015 and will run for five years until 2020, provides a fantastic opportunity for the council, property owners and the local community to work together to restore, regenerate  and celebrate the area’s unique heritage.

Follow the links below to discover more information about the scheme –

  1. Beverley Road THS high priority projects identified in the successful stage two bid
  2. Beverley Road boundary map – north end from Queens Road to Hilda Street
  3. Beverley Road boundary map – south end from Fountain Road to Freetown Way
  4. Conservation area character appraisal – details on the areas unique features

The TH scheme can offer grants to cover up to 70 per cent of the eligible conservation repair and reinstatement works, including: –

  • repairing original timber sliding sash windows
  • reinstating timber sliding sash windows where these have been replaced with unsympathetic materials (for example UPVC)
  • repairing and reinstating external historic architectural features (including decorative brick, tile and stone work)
  • repairs to historic roofs and rainwater goods
  • repairing and reinstating historic shop fronts

The TH scheme will also fund a series of historic boundaries reinstatements (including repairing stone plinths and reinstating traditional railings, where these have previously been lost) and targeted public realm improvements within the area.

Boundary treatments case study – how the proposed reinstatement’s will be achieved

The TH scheme will enable the council to work with and support local stakeholders within the TH target area, including schools and community groups, as well as, local training providers, residents and other stakeholders, to enable them to get more involved in their local heritage and conservation activities by helping them to record and celebrate the unique heritage of Beverley Road.

If you would like to get involved in the Beverley Road TH stakeholder group please download and complete the registration form.

Discover more about the grants

If you would like to have an informal discussion or arrange a meeting please contact our project officer on 01482 612 553 or email beverleyroadheritage@hullcc.gov.uk. Alternatively you can download the guidelines for potential grantees here.

Information and guidance on planning requirements

Applying for a grant

If you would like to apply for a grant you must be an owner of a historic property on Beverley Road or a long-term tenant with a lease that has at least 10 years left to run with permission from the owner to carry out the repairs. Properties outside of the area including the side roads leading off Beverley Road are not eligible for funding.

There are two stages to the application process.

Stage one – Eligible property owners can submit an expression of interest for grant funding by downloading the guidance notes and filling in the stage one application form. You will need to provide an outline of the proposed grant works and the cost of delivery.

Download the stage one application guidance notes here and the stage one application form here.

Stage two – If you are successful at stage one you will be invited to submit a stage two application by the programme board. At this stage you will be provided with the appropriate forms. This requires a more detailed schedule of the proposed works to be provided and contractor’s quotes for the cost of the work. You also need to provide proposals for long-term maintenance. Working drawings may also be required.

Finding a professional

Below is a list of local and specialist contractors and links to relevant surveyors, architects and engineer bodies websites who you may wish to contact to help you with your application –

  1. Contact details for local and specialist contractors
  2. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) (opens link in a new tab)
  3. Architects Registration Board (opens link in a new tab)
  4. Royal Institute of British Architects (opens link in a new tab)
  5. Institution of Civil Engineers (opens link in a new tab)
  6. Chartered Institute of Architectural Technicians (opens link in a new tab)

If you are successful you will be required to sign a contract agreement and engage with the delivery and monitoring process throughout the project.

Management of your property

Regular maintenance is one of the best ways of making sure that you don’t have to spend lots of money on your property for major repairs.

The list below are  links to websites providing useful information about maintaining your property –

  1. Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) (opens link in a new tab)
  2. Historic England (opens link in a new tab)
  3. Victorian Society (opens link in a new tab)

Shop fronts

Our high streets and shopping areas have evolved over the centuries and demonstrate the changing nature of our shopping and living habits.

Download the shop front design guide here or the guidelines about shop signage design here.

Scheme stages and timeline

  • Stage one bid submitted to the HLF in August 2013
  • Stage one bid approved in May 2014
  • Project officer appointed in September 2014
  • Stage two bid submitted in February 2015
  • Stage two bid approved in June 2015
  • Scheme launched in October 2015
  • Scheme due to finish in October 2020

Further information

To keep up to date with progress or to receive news and information about the scheme you can subscribe to our eNewsletter.  Sign up here. (opens link in a new tab)

Your views are always welcome and to give you the chance to have your say we have an ongoing public consultation. The Beverley Road Townscape Heritage scheme survey can be found here. (opens link in a new tab)

Who is involved

  • Hull City Council
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Private investor
  • £2.7 million investment including
    • £1.6 million Heritage Lottery Fund Grant
    • £511,000 Hull City Council capital investment
    • £597,000 private investment

Timescales

Expected delivery 2015 – 2020