Townscape Heritage Project

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Project Overview

The Stockton Northern Gateway Townscape Heritage project is a five-year scheme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It aims to improve the historic environment at the northern end of Stockton High Street from Regent Street up Norton Road to Queen Street. View map.

The Townscape Heritage project will focus on a series of restoration projects of identified historic buildings and works to the surrounding area. It builds on improvements that have already been made to the historic environment of Stockton Town Centre through Stockton Heritage in Partnership (SHiP) and Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) projects. The work will also complement the current project being undertaken on The Globe.

We're committed to keeping residents and businesses informed on this project's journey.

Read our March 2021 Newsletter.

Read our September 2021 Newsletter.

Activities and Events

Throughout the five-year project, there will be a comprehensive heritage activity and learning programme delivered.  This will be a range of opportunities for people to get involved in the project, learn more about the history of the area, attend fun and interesting events and learn new skills.

Heritage activities will include:

  • An archaeological excavation at Tennant Square.
  • Project to digitise all town centre building recording reports.
  • Building condition surveys across Stockton Town Centre Conservation Area.
  • Heritage events and presentations, designed to raise awareness of local heritage.
  • Practical and research based heritage and education projects for schools.
  • Heritage skills courses.

Find out more about events running now on the Activities and Events page.


Public Space Improvements

The Townscape Heritage project will be a continuation of improvements already made to Stockton High Street.

This will include the creation of a new public open space at Tennant Square. 

The improvements at Tennant Square will create a more open appearance by removing the existing boundary walls, railings, paving and soft landscape to provide a high quality design with an emphasis on providing an attractive, safe and social space.

View Artist's Impression of the proposed improvements here.

After the site clearance, an archaeological excavation took place on Tennant Square to find out more about the site.

Building Grants

Building grants are available for owners to invest in the structure and external appearance of their buildings with the aim of making a positive contribution to the character or appearance of the conservation area.

Repairs should use appropriate techniques or methods of construction and high quality natural or traditional materials, these are normally on a like-for-like basis. Eligible project works include shopfronts, windows, roofs, rainwater goods, structural repairs.

Application Process Guidance

Grant Criteria and Guidance

Professional Advisor Guidance


Conservation Area Management

The Townscape Heritage improvements are within the wider Stockton Town Centre Conservation area. This means it is an area recognised for its special architectural and historic interest.  A key aim of the project is to protect and enhance these special characteristics.  In addition to the building restoration and improvements to public open spaces, a range of support will be delivered to business owners for the upkeep of their premises.

Monitoring of the condition of the buildings will be undertaken on an annual basis to help track progress of the project and impact on the conservation area.


Drone Surveys

In February 2021, the first drone survey of buildings located in the Townscape Heritage area took place. This will be an annual process, aimed at identifying required maintenance and improvements to historic buildings as well as tracking the environmental quality of the area over time.

The drone is able to capture high-quality, moving and still images that allow a detailed understanding of a building’s condition. The images captured will be used to inform any future action that might be required, supporting ongoing work to conserve historic buildings and to improve the townscape.


Get Involved

If you would like to find out more about the Townscape Heritage project, volunteer opportunities and how you can take part. Or if you would like more information on the grants available through the programme, please contact Fiona Riley, Senior Townscape Heritage Officer on [email protected] or call 01642 524551.