Re­vamp of iconic Real build­ing is com­pleted

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

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)

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