Nearly 90 homes on a residential street will be given an £850,000 facelift as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment scheme.
Work will begin on the properties in Nuttall Street, Accrington, this month and will be completed by early 2015.
It will include stone cleaning, re-pointing, the replacement of windows and front doors and new rainwater gutters.
The facelift is a key element of empty homes developer PlaceFirst’s £15 million regeneration scheme to transform 131 derelict properties in Woodnook.
Accrington-based Rosslee Construction has been appointed to carry out the improvements on Nuttall Street which will also new shop fronts on commercial buildings to boost their appeal.
The project, which will be carried out in three phases, is being funded by Hyndburn Borough Council from the Clusters of Empty Homes Fund of the Homes and Communities Agency.
Councillor Clare Cleary, Hyndburn council’s portfolio holder for housing, said: “It’s great to see so much regeneration activity taking place in the Woodnook area, and great to see a local company, Rosslee Construction, benefitting from the regeneration works.”
David Smith-Milne, founder and managing director of PlaceFirst, said: “Nuttall Street is effectively the ‘front door’ to Woodnook and its condition over recent years has deteriorated significantly.
“The facelift programme will deliver significant improvements to the look and feel of Woodnook and complement the new homes we are currently building.”
The wider regeneration of Woodnook is being undertaken by PlaceFirst in a joint venture with Blackburn-based housing association Twin Valley Homes and supported by Hyndburn Borough Council.
The first phase, valued at £6.5 million, will refurbish and remodel three streets of Victorian terraced housing to deliver 71 energy efficint two, three and four-bedroom family homes available for private rent.