St James Street Sign

Lower St James's Street Heritage Action Zone

Burnley Borough Council has been successful in securing £1.2 million from Historic England for a Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) focussed with the Lower St James’s Street area of Burnley Town Centre.

The Lower St James’s Street HAZ provides a unique opportunity with investment into the built environment, combined with community engagement to enhance the streetscape, reduce building vacancies and increase visitors to the area.

HAZ Objectives

The Burnley HAZ Scheme will include physical aspects such as building on the areas existing assets, physical works, street furniture/signage and improved traffic flow and access, as well as creating new creative spaces, creating an Empire Theatre vision, Community engagement and a Cultural programme.


Empire Theatre – An Interview with Sophie Gibson

Sophie Gibson graduated with a degree in Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University, in 2009. Since then, Sophie has been working within the arts and culture scene throughout the

Community Projects – Invigorating Burnley’s History

Fascinating elements of Burnley town centre history are set to be recognised through community projects which are being delivered by a number of town centre partners. Burnley's Heritage Action Zone

Interviews with Sophie Gibson Empire Theatre

The HAZ team have been busy interviewing Sophie Gibson from the Empire Theatre. Sophie told us about all the art exhibitions she has been involved in along with why and