206 Elliott Street
206 Elliott Street was formally a newsagent at ground floor with the current owner using the upper floors as office accommodation. The owner had obtained planning consent in 2020 to convert the upper floor into residential accommodation and undertake their own refurbishment work internally and externally, including a new shopfront to create a new ground floor office. However, whilst works were progressing onsite, elements of a Victorian shopfront were discovered when the existing signage fascia was removed. The For Tyldesley HAZ team actively engaged with the owners with the objective of encouraging them to retain and sensitively restore these elements, as well as reinstating any missing architectural features. Works were then halted until an alternative scheme could be developed.
The alternative scheme was to repair/reinstate a traditional shopfront and associated structural works. Works also included the creation of a new sash window at first floor, removing damaging paint finishes to brickwork and brick, roof and chimney repairs. The work to 206 will help restore/improve the character and appearance of the property in this part of the Conservation Area and help bring this building back into positive use, whilst protecting historical features that would otherwise be lost. The works finished in June 2022 and the office is due to reopen in June 2023.
First Stages Of Developing The Building..
The poor condition of the former Bargain Booze/ Cellar 5 building on Elliott Street meant that emergency repairs to stabilise the structure were a priority for the project, with work to restore the historic shop front scheduled later. Following a detailed inspection by the project team, the scope of works included replacement of front elevation timber beam with steel beam, new steel work internally, and tying of internal walls to the adjacent to gable wall.
Kate Mitchell, For Tyldesley Project Manager, said ‘we were faced with a rapidly deteriorating building so time was of the essence. We appreciate the support of the owner in getting this time-sensitive work done quickly, which will allow us to move on to restoring the shopfront’.
Once the structural repairs were completed, we were able to move on to restoring the traditional style shopfront and two timber frame sash windows to the first floor. The shopfront design is a modern interpretation of the traditional shopfront design as seen in historical photographs, including traditional features such as decorative timber pilasters, timber fascia and corbel blocks.
Cellar 5 is now open as a stylish cocktail bar on the high street and has proved very popular since opening in March 2023.
Part of the Shopfront enhancement scheme,
This project aims to spread the remaining grant across different buildings and undertake enhancement works to existing shopfronts rather than full repair/replacement to one or two properties. This would involve the removal of intrusive modern signage fascias and replacement (or repair) of traditional timber fascia, new lead flashing, brickwork patch repairs, new shopfront embellishments as is necessary i.e cornice, corbel, pilaster details, awning repairs, full redecoration scheme and traditional shopfront sign and security measures where necessary. All works will be carried out in line with the Tyldesley Town Guide. Lighting and glazing will not be included due to budget and planning issues.
The project has two phases, phase one which runs before the end of March 2023 and phase 2 which runs from April 2023 to March 2023
- Phase One projects include: Davina Pharmacy, Dogs Deli and Wendy’s.
- Phase Two Projects include: D.G Optical and CJ Roberts.
The first project we completed as part of the shopfront enhancement scheme was Davina Pharmacy. The works to Davina’s involved; removal of modern shopfront signage, minor timber repairs to the existing shopfront, reworking of existing leadwork, redecoration, new brick slip to stall riser, new ironmongery to doors and traditional signwriting including a new metal hanging sign. By completing these simple enhancement works, Davina Pharmacy has been transformed and has brought history and character back onto Elliott Street.
You may remember it as Frank’s Chippy, you may even remember it as Melias Ltd Food Distributors, but For Tyldesley have transformed the former chippy on Elliott Street and Lime Street and reinstated its historic shopfront. It’s such an iconic building on the high street, and we’re delighted it’s been externally transformed and making a positive contribution to the thriving town centre of Tyldesley.
The works to Frank’s Chippy involved asbestos removal, repair and reinstatement of historic details to the shopfront to 121 Elliott Street, structural alterations and installation of a new shopfront to Lime Street, external repair works and internal works to the rear of 121 Elliott Street and the entrance to 30 Lime Street to create a new stairwell to the first floor flat. The works to the HAZ Office included, asbestos removal, installation of a new shopfront including provision of ramped access, new metal security gates, external repair work and internal works to create the HAZ Office including the installation of a disabled WC.
The former chippy is to be used as a retail unit downstairs and residential apartments upstairs. The attached HAZ office is used as For Tyldesley’s base and welcomes anyone who has any questions about the HAZ scheme or generally about the high street. Please feel free to drop by and say hello!
The building is now up and functioning and is looking like it is set to be rented out to a restaurant owner. What cuisine would you like to see on Tyldesley High Street?
The owner of Mayhap Café was one of the first landlords on the high street to approach For Tyldesley regarding applying for grant funding to retain the historic architecture of the previously derelict night club on Chapel Street. The project involved restoration of the traditional historic shopfront, new pilasters, corbels and fascia alongside part funding the window repairs and replacements, upgrading them to double glazed to reduce the carbon footprint, retain the ornate original features and frame the views across Top Chapel to the Market Square.
Mayhap Café is now a thriving speciality coffee house, on the ground floor, serving an incredible range of coffees, cakes, pastries and brunch options. The first floor consists of two one-bedroom high spec duplex apartments with amazing views over the Cheshire plain. It is now one of the main attractions in the town and has helped increase footfall into Tyldesley from further afield.
Ian Tomlinson, For Tyldesley Community Engagement Manager said ‘this project is a perfect example of what we are trying to achieve in Tyldesley. Bringing a vacant property back into use, providing residential accommodation and creating new jobs for local people. We hope that such projects will provide a great retail and leisure experience, that in turn, will improve the footfall and dwell time in the conservation area. We wish him good luck in his new venture’.
Pen to Paper
Pen to Paper is a long-established card and gifts shop on Elliott Street and is well loved by local residents. The owner submitted an expression of interest form and applied for grant funding in order to undertake traditional shopfront reinstatement works. The existing shopfront comprised of metal arched window frames, two existing pilasters which were not symmetrical and engineering brick as a stall riser. It also incorporated modern signage and an external Dutch canopy, both of which were unsympathetic to the Conservation Area.
The works to reinstate the shopfront included the removal of existing including an insensitive roller shutter and replacement with a traditional timber shopfront with signage, awning, new glazed brick slips to stall riser and an internal security screen in keeping with Conservation Area requirements. Following the removal of the existing shopfront, a concealed awning and awning mechanism were discovered. This was later to be refurbished and used within the scheme. The reinstatement traditional shopfront and use of the Tyldesley Town Design Guide colour pallet has had a major visual impact on the high street - what a transformation!
Wendy's has been apart of the enhancement scheme, The works to Wendy's involved; removal of modern shopfront signage, minor timber repairs to the existing shopfront, reworking of existing leadwork, redecoration, new brick slip to stall riser, new ironmongery to doors and traditional signwriting including a new metal hanging sign and also cleaning the gutters which had caused the green effect to the front of the property. By completing these simple enhancement works, Wendy's has been transformed and has brought history and character back onto Elliott Street.
Wendy's is currently being used as a Charity shop called Action Stations which is a CIC, what they are doing is any profits made are being put back into a Community Pot to help the local area.
The upstairs of the property have been rejuvenated and have been turned into residential properties.