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Middlesbrough Council has secured funding to breathe new life into its Historic Quarter through The High Streets Heritage Action Zones (HSHAZ) programme. The programme is a national project aiming to transform historic high streets and make them fit for the future.

Funded by Historic England and Middlesbrough Council, the project will see our Historic Quarter become a High Street Heritage Action Zone, with a programme of improvements designed to reinvigorate the area and attract investment. The programme of improvements will run from September 2020 to March 2024.

This online hub brings together the latest information about the project and online resources, to get involved visit the Take Part section of this website.

The HSHAZ project aims to make the Historic Quarter a more desirable place for businesses, visitors, investors and local people.

A package of interventions will be delivered, which include:

  • Property improvement grants to bring eligible buildings back into use
  • Upgrading Zetland Road and Exchange Square public spaces
  • Community activities where people can learn about the area’s heritage, work together and learn new skills
  • A cultural programme where local communities and cultural organisations can celebrate the area, and commission artists/creatives to make it a more attractive, engaging and vibrant place

By restoring buildings, improving public areas and involving local people in the project, we will ensure this key part of Middlesbrough’s history can survive – and thrive – well into the future.