The former Quick Silver building on the corner of Green Lane and St Peters Church Yard is undergoing an historic renovation and repair programme thanks to a grant from the Councils Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

This former Methodist chapel, now called Green Lane House, was identified as the main priority building within the Council’s THI scheme with local residents, businesses and the St Peters Quarter bid all concerned about the state of this building.

The THI project is providing a grant of up to £300,000 (70% funded by the Heritage Lottery) and works began in March of this year.

The project should be complete by early 2019 and will involve reinstating windows, terracotta, stone detailing and repairing brickwork to match the existing. It will also include some repairs to the roof and surface rainwaters systems.

Following this work the chapel will be brought back to its former glory and will hopefully act as a catalyst to help regenerate the local area.

The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is a five year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Derby City Council. It aims to support the conservation and sympathetic restoration of historic buildings in the St Peters Quarter and Green Lane conservation areas of the city. The project started in 2014 and will finish in the next 6 months.  Property owners of small business premises can apply for grants to repair the historic fabric of buildings, to reinstate historical architectural features, to improve floors which are not currently in use and to enhance public areas

Councillor Matthew Holmes said:

“This is a very important piece of the jigsaw to regenerate the Green Lane area and the city centre as a whole.

“We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery for providing a large percentage of the funding to allow us to restore the old chapel to its former glory.”

Dilpazir Razzaq, owner of the property said:

“This is a beautiful towering building we have grown up with as a central focal point in this part of the city centre.  It was a shame to see it becoming dilapidated. We are happy that this project will bring it back to life and in doing so hopefully rejuvenate the surrounding area.”

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