Wisbech High Street is progressing with its transformation with archaeological investigation planned

Work is progressing on the Wisbech High Street project

Work is progressing on the Wisbech High Street project - Credit: Archant

Work has begun on the transformation of Wisbech High Street ahead of its £350,000 ‘The Gap’ project.

Work is progressing on the Wisbech High Street project

Work is progressing on the Wisbech High Street project - Credit: Archant

Campaigners say that the basement of No 12 High Street has now been de-contaminated ahead of an archaeological investigation.

New images posted on social media show builders with lorries and diggers in place carrying out the work.

Wisbech High Street Project, who is behind the scheme, said: “Works are now underway at “The Gap” on Wisbech High Street as the basement is being de-contaminated, cleaned and disinfected to allow for soil testing and archaeological investigation to take place.

“Work was also undertaken over the weekend to clean and tidy up the front of No 12.”

Work is progressing on the Wisbech High Street project

Work is progressing on the Wisbech High Street project - Credit: Archant


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The two sites at 11-12 and 24 High Street will be developed as part of a £1.9 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Architects working alongside the project team submitted a planning application last year to create The Gap at 24 High Street - that was once home to Cook’s Butchers.

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Fenland District Council tweeted: “Exciting times ahead as work starts on #TheGap at 24 High Street, #Wisbech!”

Garry Monger commented on Facebook: “That looks a bit better. Be good to see some of these shops finally get renovated and back into use.”

Last month a drone was used to access the condition of 11-12 High Street.

In December, Fenland Council said they believed The Gap to be “an exceptional piece of public art” with a contemporary, multifunctional space that could stage community events, exhibitions and activities.

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