Ptolemy Dean

Ptolemy Dean, architect and presenter with the BBC2 television programme Restoration, brought his camera crew to King’s Lynn on Tuesday.

Mr Dean was making a short film in the historic town centre streets as part of the St Margaret’s Townscape Heritage Initiative,

His focus was on the area around the Saturday Market Place.

The heritage initiative is a £2m project to rejuvenate the conservation area in the heart of the town. It has been made possible thanks to a £1m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a £1m investment by West Norfolk Council.

Media students from the College of West Anglia will make and edit the film which will be used to promote the project.

The finished film will help to raise awareness of the town among school and college students as well as local interest groups and tourists.

Scott Jarvis project manager of Springboard TV, the college’s television channel, said: “Since the project was first mentioned to us, we were keen to be involved and learn more about the area’s rich history.

“Students studying TV and film at the college will be working with us and will get real film-making experience by working with a professional TV presenter, working to real deadlines and will get to see a film that they worked on enjoyed by a wide audience.”

Mr Dean, who is also the Surveyor of the Fabric at Westminster Abbey, in London, said he was looking forward to working on the project.

“King’s Lynn is a historically important, lovely town,” he said.

Borough council regeneration and economic development manager, Ostap Paparega, said: “A visit from a high profile architect like Ptolemy Dean is very exciting. The resulting film will be a great showcase for the St Margaret’s Townscape Heritage Initiative and, may provide great marketing opportunities of our town further afield.”

The initiative, which has been developed by the council, will provide a fund of more than £1.5m from which owners and leaseholders of eligible properties in the area can bid for grants to make authentic restorations and repairs or carry out works that bring properties back into use.

For details of how to apply for a grant, see: www.west-norfolk.gov.uk and click on heritage news.