Renovation begins on listed buildings in Bedford which have stood empty for 40 years

Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson with representatives of partnerships involved in the St Paul's Square redevelopment project of listed buildings.

Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson with representatives of partnerships involved in the St Paul's Square redevelopment project of listed buildings.

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The renovation of four Grade II listed buildings in St Paul’s Square, Bedford, which have been empty for 40 years, has begun through the partnership of enterprises and businesses.

Aldwyck Housing Group, Bedford Borough Council, Bedford BID (Business Improvement District), Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Bedford High Street’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have all contributed to the redevelopment scheme.

The project comprises of four buildings dating back to the 16th Century which will be turned into 10 new homes – nine flats and one house - next year.

The master plan and designs for the development have been created by Phillip Bailey Architects, whilst the work is being carried out by VE Parrott (Oakley) Ltd.

Keith Edwards, head of business and new development at Aldwyck Housing Group, said, “St Paul’s Square is a unique and ambitious project and has only succeeded to this stage through the tenacity of all parties and a true partnership approach. It demonstrates our commitment to Bedford but also highlights Aldwyck’s commitment to non-standard HCA programmes with funding secured through the Empty Homes Initiative. Other organisations have tried and failed to get this off the ground so this is testament to our skills and ability.”

Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “A genuine partnership has made possible the works to bring these prominent, historic buildings back into use after 40 years of standing empty.

“Having recently been given a tour of the buildings alongside other partners, it was fascinating to see the character of the buildings from the inside, and also sad to consider how long they have been out of use.

“I am delighted that this innovative and ambitious project will see the site restored both cosmetically and via the provision of much-needed new housing.”

>> Aldwyck Housing Group owns, manages and administers more than 11,000 properties across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and North London and provides general needs rented property, affordable homes to buy, key worker housing, supported housing for the young, elderly and care for people with specific needs.

For further information on Aldwyck visit: http://www.aldwyck.co.uk