Watch: £1 million to be spent returning city shop fronts to their historic glory

Businesses around Nottingham city centre have the chance to get cash to restore their shop fronts to their historic glory.

Nottingham City Council has been given £551,500 from Historic England to conserve buildings in both the Lace Market and Old Market Square as part of a ‘Heritage Action Zone’ project.

A further £79,750 has been provided by the council and £297,250 will come from private investment, taking the total to almost £1 million.

Around 30 shop fronts in both areas will benefit and some of the money will also go towards repairing listed buildings and 20 historic buildings.

It means businesses with modern shop fronts in historic buildings in Old Market Square and the Lace Market can now apply for grants of up to 75 per cent of cost to restore their shop front.

The funding is part of a five-year project, costing £2.7 million, aimed at saving and transforming historic and neglected buildings. Sneinton Market will also benefit.

The scheme is being run by Historic England with Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Creative Quarter, Nottingham Heritage Panel and Nottingham Civic society.