Heritage grants could unlock developments, says funding expert
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Funding experts at Focus Consultants are urging the owners of historic buildings to consider following in the footsteps of Bridgford Hall which has become the first completed project in the East Midlands to benefit from a Heritage Enterprise Grant.
Focus supported Rushcliffe Borough Council in its successful bid for a £1.5m Heritage Enterprise Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to redevelop the hall in West Bridgford near Nottingham.
The Grade II listed building has recently reopened as a luxury aparthotel and civil wedding ceremony venue, following a £2.3m redevelopment – making it the first Heritage Enterprise project to be completed in the East Midlands.
“The Bridgford Hall project is paving the way in the East Midlands by illustrating how Heritage Enterprise Grants are helping to breathe new life into old buildings,” said Focus partner Heather Frecklington.
“The team at Focus has been involved in the project at Bridgford Hall from the early days and it’s always a proud moment when a scheme is successfully completed.
“This renovation aptly illustrates how a Heritage Enterprise grant can open a new chapter in the life of a building. We’re very proud to have helped to secure the Heritage Enterprise grant for his work – the first to be completed in the East Midlands. Since helping to secure the Heritage Enterprise grant for Bridgford Hall we’ve been involved in supporting other organisations across the UK with their bids and we are looking forward to seeing other schemes come to fruition in the future.
“We’d be delighted to offer funding advice to any organisations that are thinking of similar projects.”
Nottingham-based Focus also has branches in London, Leicester, and Boston in Lincolnshire.