Background information

Southport Townscape Heritage is a regeneration and community project to bring new life to historic buildings on Southport’s streets, and to inspire local people and visitors to discover the town’s heritage.

The project focuses on four streets connecting Lord Street and the Promenade – Coronation Walk, Scarisbrick Avenue, Nevill Street and Bold Street. Within this small area, you’ll find buildings representing every aspect of Southport’s history and its wildly varied architecture. There are large hotels and small cottages, later turned into shops; art deco and mock-Tudor styles; verandahs and monuments. Key buildings are eligible for grant-aid to refurbish and restore their historic features, benefiting both their commercial potential and enhancing the streetscape.

The project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Sefton Council, and managed by Sefton Council with the support of Southport BID and Southport Civic Society. We're working closely with The Atkinson, Sefton CVS and other local organisations.

There are 42 groups of target buildings, which are eligible for grants of up to 70% to repair the external fabric and bring vacant shops and upper floors back into use. The buildings were selected through a widely-publicised application process in 2018-9, and prioritised according to heritage significance, architectural merit, and regeneration potential.