The Edgar Wood and Middleton Townscape Heritage Initiative is a £3m partnership between the council and the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore historic buildings within the Middleton Town Centre Conservation Area. The project, which began in April 2011 and will run until June 2017, has already seen the restoration of a number of important buildings, including many which were designed by the late Middleton Architect Edgar Wood.
Completed projects include:
- Restoration of the historic Jubilee Library, this project won a People's Choice Borough Design Award
- Public realm improvements to Middleton Gardens
- Restoration works within Middleton's Old Burial Ground, including work to footpaths, walls, repairs to grave stones and the Samuel Bamford Monument.
- Repair and restoration of 36 Mellalieu Street, a private home designed by Edgar Wood
- Repair and restoration of 65 Long Street, a shop, part of a Georgian terrace
- Repair and restoration of 33 Rochdale Road, Edgar Wood's own house
To complement the Townscape Heritage Initiative we've also repaved Market Street and Long Street in local sandstone.