Restoration starts on derelict buildings in St Paul’s Square

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Work has started to restore derelict buildings on St Paul’s Square, Bedford, to their former glory and provide affordable town centre housing.

The buildings at numbers 1 to 4 have been left empty and unused for around 40 years.

This project will restore the outside as well as refurbishing the inside, creating 10 new affordable flats for local people and regenerating an important part of the town.

The works are being delivered by Aldwyck Housing Group, supported by funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Bedford Borough Council and grant funding from Bedford High Street’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

1 St Paul’s Square was built in the 16th century and has been used as an inn, a home, auction house, stockbrokers and most recently the county architect’s office, 2 – 3 were built in the 18th century, and number 4 was the last of the terrace to be built as the vicarage to St Paul’s Church.

All of the buildings trace elements of Bedford’s social and commercial history and numbers 1 – 3 are Grade II listed.

The council’s archaeology team has commissioned the recording of the timber frame structure of 1 St Paul’s Square and English Heritage will be dating a number of the historic timbers

The works are being carried out by a local building firm, VE Parrott (Oakley) Ltd.

To facilitate the development, Aldwyck Housing Group has been permitted to use the former bank site next to the town bridge. This area has been fenced off during the construction works and the cycle and motorcycle parking will not be available during the works.