Market Rasen gateway building refurbished back to its former glory

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Outside of Market Rasen gateway building

An innovative project to preserve the historic character of one of Market Rasen’s flagship buildings is now complete.

Specialist contractors have carried out repairs to the exterior of the building at 9-10 Market Place in the town centre. It is the second major building to benefit from funding from the Market Rasen Historic Building Grant Scheme. The building at 24 Market Place was the first major project which was complete in autumn 2023.

West Lindsey District Council is working in partnership with a local steering group, which is made up of local businesses, councils, and conservationists on the pilot project, which aims to unlock the potential of the town’s heritage assets.

The grant scheme, funded by West Lindsey District Council, is supporting the regeneration of significant buildings in the centre of Market Rasen. 

The former bank at 9- 10 Market Place, has had a number of repairs made to it including repairing and decoration to the windows, installation of new doors and fan lights and repairs and redecoration of the render. Now completed, the building makes a significant contribution to the historic diversity of the marketplace. 

Cllr Stephen Bunney, ward member for Market Rasen, has welcomed the completion of the work. He said:

“We have been eagerly watching the work take place on the building and I am delighted to see the scaffolding has now been removed to highlight this historic building, refurbished and back to its former glory. 

“These works not only give a visual boost to the area in terms of visual appeal, they also help conserve part of the town’s rich heritage and ensure they are an attractive proposition to be used in our wonderful town centre.”

The grant helps to fund work to improve and conserve historic buildings, using traditional materials and techniques in keeping with the heritage of the area. This includes work such as the repairing timber windows and shopfronts, removing unsightly paintwork, or repairing or renewing damaged render. It also can include new, traditional hand painted signage, which is more in-keeping with the properties.

Owners of the building, 8888 Capital Group Ltd, who are proud to be part of this innovative scheme, said: 

“We are delighted to be able to deliver this beautiful project, with significant support from both West Lindsey District Council, and Market Rasen Town Council. 

“We would like to give a special mention to Cllr Stephen Bunney who has been tireless with his support, introductions, and words of wisdom! We could not be happier, “Breathing life right back into the heart of Market Rasen Town Centre with nine fabulous new high-spec apartments and a really promising, community-serving, long-term tenant on the ground floor to boot!”

Local heritage representative Neil Taylor said it was great to see the completion of the second building being developed as part of this scheme. 

He said: 

“Local people will be happy to see this, and other buildings being transformed, vastly improving the visual appearance and improving the heritage of our much-loved town.”

The project will now commence work on the former bank at 7 Market Place in the spring, followed by 5-6 Market Place.

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