Historic Penicuik building granted funding

The owners of a historic building have been awarded a grant of £193,787 by the Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project towards its restoration.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 2:21 pm
1-7 Bridge Street in Penicuik.
1-7 Bridge Street in Penicuik.

Known as the Pen-y-coe Press building, 1-7 Bridge Street includes a printing works and community stationery shop on the ground floor, run by Penicuik Community Development Trust, together with a small heritage centre explaining the history of paper making in the town. The upper floor houses four separate flats.

The total cost of the restoration scheme is £234,252 with all five property owners contributing.

The restoration work will include repairs to the front façade, roof and re-slating and shop front improvements. Window repairs and replacement will be carried out where necessary, with timber sash and case windows to match the originals.

The 19th century building is regarded as an important part of the street scene in the Penicuik Conservation Area and is also seen as a priority for the heritage regeneration project, given its connection to the history of paper making and printing in the town. The historic Pilkington Buildings, which are opposite 1-7 Bridge Street, are also being restored as part of the five-year project aimed at enhancing the historic town centre.

The Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project is a partnership funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, Midlothian Council, and Penicuik First and supported by Penicuik Community Development Trust, and Penicuik and District Community Council.