Local property developer and coffee lover Matt Whitehead has worked tirelessly to realise his dream and will be opening Redemption Coffee and Kitchen, a speciality coffee house serving a brunch menu.

Matt was one of the first landlords on the high street to approach For Tyldesley to see if we could work together to retain the historical architecture as he began the development of the previously derelict Independent House on Chapel Street.

He has created a contemporary coffee house/brunch restaurant on the ground floor and 2 one-bedroom high spec duplex apartments above with amazing views over the Cheshire plain.

For Tyldesley has supported Matt by part funding the window repairs and replacements, upgrading them to double glazed unit to reduce his carbon footprint, retain the ornate original features and frame the views across Top Chapel to the Market Square. The shop front has been restored, new pilasters, corbels and facia have framed the original glass panels creating an impressive entrance letting the early morning light flood the café while you enjoy a coffee and a croissant.

Matt told us “Working in a conservation area has brought a number of challenges that you wouldn’t usually encounter. However, partnering up with conservation architects and surveyors has enabled me to make the vision a reality. It’s been a lengthy development process to create this space, but it has been a labour of love. I’m a lot happier now it’s all done and it's clear to see the benefits of retaining the original features. The building now looks amazing and I’m grateful for the support I had from For Tyldesley and also the assisting grant from Historic England has ensured that this building reclaimed its former glory and that this piece of local history was not lost.”

Redemption Coffee and Kitchen is due to open in the new year and Matt is actively recruiting staff at the moment. If you would like to find out about the available roles, manager@redemptioncoffee.co.uk for more information.

1 Matt Third from right with partners from Historic England and For Tyldesley CIC

Ian Tomlinson – For Tyldesley Manager said “ Matt’s 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, well done Matt”.

24/11/2020 - Work has started on site on the former Cellar 5/Bargain Booze building in Tyldesley Conservation Area on Elliott Street, partly funded by a £49,942 grant from the Tyldesley High Street Heritage Action Zone.

For Tyldesley Community Interest Company secured a £1.5m grant from Historic England to invest over the next 3 years in buildings on the high street and a range of community engagement activities and cultural events to celebrate the heritage and culture of the historic industrial hilltop town, known locally as Bongs. The poor condition of the building on Elliott Street meant that emergency repairs to stabilise the structure were a priority for the project, with work to restore the historical shop frontage scheduled later. 

Building Project Manager Kate Mitchell (right on the photo) explained: 

“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 shop front.” 

Tyldesley resident Ian Tomlinson - Community Engagement Manager on the project stated: 

“We hope this is the first of many high street refurbishments being delivered by For Tyldesley within the Conservation Area. We were definitely ‘in at the deep end’ with this one. It’s always been one of our target buildings on the high street due to its poor condition. The owners had already started work on the interior and we were looking forward to funding a new traditional shop front to finish it off. Clearly, the urgent need to stabilise the building became the priority and we’re delighted that the structural repairs are now underway.”

Planning permission has just been granted to develop Frank café at the other end of the Conservation area. The team are meeting with the previous owner to collect stories about the buildings past that can be shared with the community.

For Tyldesley are undertaking a three-year project to transform Tyldesley’s historic high street, and they’re keen to spend locally where the right expertise is available. Any local construction contractors with experience of working on older buildings can download a registration form from our download section. Forms must be returned by 8th March.

For Tyldesley are developing a Town Design Guide and they are keen to gather thoughts and ideas from traders, residents, and visitors through consultation. People can contribute by using the QR codes or clicking the links below to have a say on the future development of the Conservation Area.   

The team’s events partners are looking forward to working on a range of events and activities on the high street as the local community emerges from the lockdown. Anyone interested in getting involved or wanting to know more about the shop front scheme can contact For Tyldesley via email i.tomlinson@fortyldesley.co.uk (for events) or K.Mitchell@fortyldesley.co.uk (for buildings). 

Notes

Historic England HAZ funding information https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/heritage-action-zones/ 

Pictured L/R :Ian Tomlinson Community Engagement Manager- Satnam Singh building owner - Andy Barrett QS Concept Group (Wigan ) Ltd - Duncan Rogers MD Concept Group (Wigan ) Ltd- Jenny Etheridge Conservation Architects Buttress - Kate Mitchell For Tyldesley Buildings Project Manager 

7/12/2021

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