Revamp of iconic Real building is completed
THE refurbishment of one of Bacup’s most historic buildings has been completed.
Built in the 1930s, the Art Deco Real Building on St James Square has undergone a four-month revamp to restore its historic details as part of the £2 million Townscape Heritage Initiative.
The work included the installation of new windows with bespoke steel frames, the replacement of the roof and shop front, structural works to the cellar and stone repairs.
To celebrate its completion, 92-year-old Dennis Taylor was invited to see the building, which was previously used as the offices for the North Western Electricity Board later Norweb. The great-grandfather of four worked at the electricity board in the building for seven years from 1954. He said: “It’s been done to a very high standard and looks in exceptional condition. In its day it was a very important building for Bacup and acted as a community hub for people.” Regeneration chief Coun Andy MacNae added the ‘fantastic’ revamp was a ‘wonderful addition’ to the scheme.
●● Outside the Real building are, from left, Megan Eastwood project manager, Coun Andy Macnae, Dennis Taylor, architect Vic Fletcher, Coun Barbara Ashworth, Andy Pooler of Michael Pooler Associates, Mike McIntyre of Rosslee Construction, Paul Mann of Appleyard and Trew and John Crowley (representing the building’s owner)