Albion House, opposite Gloucester Docks, is being transformed into nine modern flats with the help of money from the Townscape Heritage fund.

The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), which is partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Gloucester City Council, is continuing to regenerate historic buildings in the Southgate Street area of the city.

Albion House, which was built in 1831 and originally used as a hotel, is currently in very poor condition after being empty for over 10 years. Money from the fund will help regenerate the grade two listed building and transform it into prime located housing in the heart of the city.

A grant of £94,000 has been awarded to the complete refurbishment of the Victorian building including restoration of historic architectural details.

Sash windows will be installed at the back and where possible significant features will be maintained internally whilst still creating new and modern additions.

The £1.2 million THI scheme is two years in to a five year programme. It is designed to regenerate the Southgate Street area and improve older properties in one of the key gateways to the city.

So far approximately £620,000 has been spent on the renovation of 10 properties and improvements to the St Mary DeCrypt Churchyard walls are also underway.

Thanks to the scheme work has also begun to restore 125 Southgate Street. This property will be receiving a grant of £20,000 for replacing windows, structural repairs, new railings to the courtyard and repairs to the stonework.

Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “Southgate Street is an important link between the docks and the city centre and a key route into the city, so I am keen that it should be restored to its former glory.  The Townscape Heritage Initiative will really make a difference in this area and help to preserve some of our historic buildings for future generations.”

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