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The Arcade

Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England

The Arcade - Dewsbury

Late-Victorian shopping arcade in Dewsbury to be restored

Grade II

The Arcade is a late-Victorian shopping arcade, which over time has been home to a wide variety of tenants, from coffee houses and florists, to tobacconists and record shops. A number of original features remain, including decorative cast iron work and attractive shop fronts. Following the steady departure of tenants and deterioration of the site, The Arcade closed in 2016 and has been lying empty. In 2020, Kirklees Council purchased the site from the private owner.

The Arcade – Dewsbury steering group was established in October 2020, with the aim of taking on a long lease from the Council. The vision is to create a vibrant space for local and young entrepreneurs, offering affordable units for a mix of retail and cultural activity.

The AHF is supporting The Arcade – Dewsbury in their proposal to achieve preferred bidder status by funding community consultation and engagement, an outline business plan, and PR campaign. In addition, the group will go on to register as a Community Benefit Society and issue a community share offer.

AHF Funding

Project Viability Grant - £15,000 (2020)

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