Former Grantham pub Barcode in line to get £100,000 facelift

Barcode, Westgate. ENGEMN00120120708102601
Barcode, Westgate. ENGEMN00120120708102601
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A landmark building in Grantham town centre is set to get a new lease of life following a planned major facelift.

The shopfront and windows of the former Barcode pub and nightspot in Westgate will be restored to their former 19th century glory under plans being considered by the district council.

More than £100,000 is expected to be spent on the improvements, which could pave the way for the building to be revamped for a range of future uses, including offices, retail, restaurant or pub.

The proposals follow a number of similar improvements which have given a shot in the arm to the Westgate/Market Place area of town.

The former Barcode building has been empty since the pub closed more than three years ago.

Moves to find tenants for the building are now being stepped up by owners Lindpet Properties as it plans the improvements, which could start as soon as next month.

Managing director of the property company based in Market Place, Peter Burrows said this week: “We have researched the history of the listed building and want to restore it to how it was in the late 1800s, when it was a wine merchant’s and off-licence.

“Alterations were made in the 1950s, but these were inappropriate for an historic building dating from the 1600s and now we have the chance to make it more attractive

“It is a large, three-storey building and could lend itself to a variety of uses. There has already been some interest in it as a restaurant.”

Improvements have already been made to other buildings in the area owned by Lindpet, including the Colour Room hairdressers and Cafe Leo in Westgate.