Whitefield, Nelson – Heritage and regeneration project

In 2005, PEARL embarked on a ten year regeneration programme to transform the area of Whitefield, Nelson. The run down area was previously earmarked for demolition but was brought into Pendle Borough Council’s development strategy after it was designated a conservation area. With it’s unique 19th century housing stock and excellent links to Nelson town centre and wider East Lancashire, Whitefield offered a prime position for unique, affordable housing but required an ambitious and creative approach to bring the housing up to modern standards and redefine the area as a desirable location. Liberata designed and delivered an award winning regeneration programme, including the refurbishment of over 80 existing homes, conversion of historic commercial premises and the design and delivery of 14 new contemporary homes.

The former water board building sits prominently within Whitefield, and adjacent to refurbished homes. The building lay derelict for a number of years and had become an eyesore. Pendle Borough Council sought to retain and transform the building to create modern office space for the local business community. External works restored the building to it’s original condition and contributed to the visual transformation of Whitefield. Internally, the space was remodelled to provide office accommodation, flexible meeting and training space, a welcoming reception area; and kitchen and welfare facilities. The building has enhanced Pendle Borough Council’s commercial property portfolio and enabled the authority to support local start up businesses with affordable, rented accommodation.