The team behind a new project to return Gainsborough town centre retail units back to their former glory have unveiled the first shop.
The empty shop unit on Market Street has been given a makeover thanks to a partnership between Dransfield Properties Ltd and West Lindsey District Council.
The joint venture is aimed at creating a new Independent Quarter in the town which is being delivered alongside improvements to the Roseways car park as well as the development of the brand new Travelodge Hotel and Ponti’s Italian Kitchen Restaurant, which are due to open later this year.
Contractors will now move on to other empty units on Market Street to deliver the vision of creating smart traditional shop fronts with modern newly fitted interiors, which will fit a range of uses.
Liz Mayle, Conservation Officer at West Lindsey District Council said: “The property on Market Street is within the Gainsborough town centre conservation area, with grade II listed buildings to each side.
“Although 27 Market Street dates in origin from the 18th century, and has seen several phases of development, the last 50 years of change had eroded this building of any original character.
“Along with repair of the original slate roof, it is an exemplar of high-quality heritage-led regeneration which substantially enhances this historic building, the listed buildings in close proximity, and the conservation area. I am delighted with the transformation.”
Dransfield Properties owns and manages Marshall’s Yard in Gainsborough and is also developing the new town centre hotel and restaurant.
Development surveyor, Dave Hale, said: “We are delighted with the look of the first unit we have worked on with West Lindsey District Council and are looking forward to welcoming another new business to the area.”