The project will refurbish the vacant Grade 2 listed Victorian Arcade in the heart of Dewsbury, to create 21 new flexible retail, leisure and business units enabling small, local, independent creative businesses to occupy the space.
The Arcade is a Grade2 listed building, vacant since 2016 and is currently in a very poor condition due to a lack of maintenance over the last 10 years. The Arcade will be brought back into use by improving and reconfiguring the spaces to create business units for small, independent local businesses to occupy the space which will create jobs within the creative sector.
The Getting Building Fund will be used to pay for works that include strip out and stabilisation including repairs, all associated design fees and building security, required to improve and secure the building before the Arcade can be fully refurbished. The refurbishment works will be funded by a combination of Kirklees Council and other funding sources. The scheme will refurbish 21 ground floor business units of varying size, for a variety of uses within retail and leisure. The options for redevelopment of the upper floors of the Arcade are being explored.
This scheme is expected to achieve the following outputs:
- Create 997m² Commercial new floor space
- Create 16 Construction jobs
- Create 30 jobs
- Assist 15 businesses or institutions