Repair work that will kick-start the restoration of Prescot town centre is under way as part of the local Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).
Work has already progressed significantly at 40 High Street, which is more than halfway through its grant-aided works and is expected to be complete externally in mid-December.
The £125,000 project will see the vacant upper floors returned to use as a flat, while the external repairs and restoration are well underway.
The most dramatic change has been the removal of layers of paint to reveal the eighteenth century brickwork once more. The shopfront is also in the process of being restored to a traditional appearance.
Work on 29-31 Eccleston Street, currently occupied by Millicans Opticians, will see a new shop front created and the conversion of the currently unused upper floors into four flats.
Interior work is already underway and the external repairs and restoration will start in the New Year.
More than £300,000 is being invested in the historic property.
A full grant award has also been approved by the THI Board for 11 Market Place.
Coun Dave Lonergan said: “Receiving Heritage Lottery Fund approval for our largest repair and restoration project is fantastic news and work is well on track.
“I look forward to seeing this project develop over the coming months and restoring a number of key buildings in the town centre back to their former glory.”
Prescot’s £3.2m THI is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Knowsley Council, Knowsley Housing Trust, Empty Homes Fund and other partners.