A KEY street in Barrow’s town centre is set to be revitalised thanks to grant funding of £1.1 million from Historic England.

Barrow Borough Council applied to the heritage organisation for funding in 2019.

Historic England has now confirmed Duke Street is among 14 historic high streets across the North West to benefit from the award which can only be used in designated Conservation Areas.

The money will be used to launch the Re:discover Barrow project which will include:

- physical improvements to properties via a grants scheme

- enhancements to public space

- delivery of cultural activities to regenerate and restore the local historic character of the area, encouraging people to learn about the history of Duke Street and its surrounds

The programme will also aim to show the importance of protecting and enhancing Barrow’s rich heritage - with partner organisations asking the public what they would like to see take place - from art and exhibitions to installations and events.

Councillor Helen Wall, Barrow Borough Council spokesperson for heritage, said: “Barrow has many historic and listed properties in its town centre area that add to its rich, built heritage and character.

“The Re:discover Barrow project will help ensure Duke Street plays a renewed role in bringing people to the town centre to enjoy, celebrate and learn about this important part of our town and the role it has played in the development of Barrow over the years.”

Councillor Ann Thomson, the leader of Barrow Borough Council, said: "Barrow's high street was once a busy, thriving hub which brought people together every day to shop, work and socialise.

"More recently, it has faced challenges along with other high streets across the UK.

"We are delighted our bid for this crucial funding for the Re:discover Barrow project has been successful.

"It will breath new life into our historic town centre buildings on Duke Street, enhancing the environment for everyone as we move forwards into the future."

The four year programme is supported by match funding from Barrow BID.