Historic England is providing £1.9 million of funding to Gloucester City Council as part of the government’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme.
The scheme officially launched in September 2020, with Westgate Street in Gloucester chosen to receive a share of the multi-million pound government funding, aimed at reviving England’s historic high streets. With Tewkesbury also benefitting from the scheme.
One of the key projects in Gloucester’s Westgate Street will be redeveloping the Grade 1 and 2 listed Fleece Hotel, which dates back to the 12th century.
The investment will also fund improvements to public spaces, provide grants to business owners on Westgate Street and create a community engagement programme involving archaeology and education.
Leader of Gloucester City Council, Councillor Paul James, said: ‘This is fantastic news for Westgate Street and the city centre as a whole. Westgate Street is our most complete historic street, with the Cathedral, The Fleece and a host of other heritage buildings.
‘It does need some help to make it the jewel we know that it can be and I’m delighted we have been awarded this grant funding to help it reach its full potential.’