AS PUBLISHED IN: THE BELL, SPRING 2015
The Victoria Institute Arundel wins Heritage Lottery Fund support
The Victoria Institute’s volunteer committee is delighted to announce that it has received £9,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards its restoration and rebuild project, as featured in the Winter edition of The Bell.
The grant will fund essential practical steps in the restoration project including a full structural survey, computer aided design drawings of its plan and elevations, and the commissioning of an architect’s concept plan. There is also funding for a business feasibility appraisal which, combined with public consultation, will inform decisions about ways in which the building can be used sustainably for the benefit of the town in the future.
Commenting on the award, committee Chair John Paton said:
“This is really great news and an important step forward. We can now make sure that ideas for the future use of the building not only stack up financially but are also what Arundel wants. There is a lot of hard work up ahead – it will take at least two years before we can start the major rebuilding work – but in the meantime we intend to keep the building open and with the help of the local community, in use as much as possible.
“We have some fantastic and very hardworking volunteers, but are still a very small team and more help is always welcome. We hope to hold some open days during Farmer’s Markets – why not come and see the progress made already and help the team take the Vic restoration project forward?”
Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF South East, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’re pleased to support The Victoria Institute volunteer committee as it takes some important first steps in the development of this historic building. By establishing a strong and informed foundation for the restoration plans, this project will go a long way to securing the future of the Victoria Institute and its place at the heart of Arundel’s community.”