Work progressing well on Grange Court revamp

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Work progressing well on Grange Court revamp

Posted: 10/01/2011 12:26:55

Contractors WRW Construction Ltd are on schedule with works on Herefordshire Council’s £2.8million refurbishment of Grange Court in Leominster.

A Meet the Buyer event has already been held and provided some successful leads but the contractors are still keen for any tradesmen, especially those involved in finishing works such as decorating, to get in touch. Tradesmen are welcome to call in at the site office at Grange Court.

Councillor Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for economic development and community services, said: “We would love more local tradesmen to get involved in this exciting project which gives an opportunity to work on a historic building and I would urge anyone interested to get in touch with the contractors.”

Foundations for the extensions to the historic building are now being dug out as part of the scheme which will see the historic building become a hub for community activities.

As part of the “Grange Court: building in the past for the future” project, Herefordshire Council will transfer the freehold of the completed building to the Leominster Area Regeneration Company Limited (LARC).

LARC are in the process of applying for charitable status and this will allow them to access more funding to equip the building and install educational materials relating to the history of Grange Court which was built in 1633 by the King’s carpenter John Abel.

LARC are also to start recruiting for a centre manager and will also be seeking suitable tenants for the completed building.

Bill Jackson, chairman of LARC, said: “It is wonderful work has now started on the building and we can start to plan for the future in earnest. We want the building to be a focus for the local community and offer people the chance to have state-of-the-art offices in the heart of Leominster.

“We are also seeking charitable status and this will enable us to access funding for items such as furniture and display cases to ensure the building’s history can be used as an educational resource,” he added.

Work on the fabric of the building and extensions is being funded by grants from the Community Assets Programme from HM Government (£1million), Advantage West Midlands RDPE Rural Development Programme for England (£750,000), Social Investment Business Community Builders Funds (£1million) with the difference being made up by Marches Town Initiative funding, Leominster Town Council and Herefordshire Council.

Community Assets is a non-Lottery programme funded by the Cabinet Office and is distributed by the Big Fund, the non-Lottery funding operation of the Big Lottery Fund.

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