The Bridport Area Development Trust (BADT) has recently submitted Planning (WD/D/14/001181) and Listed Building (WD/D/14/001182) applications for its proposals to restore the Literary and Scientific Institute (LSI), formerly the town’s public library.
There will be a public exhibition of the plans and proposals at Bridport Town Hall on Wednesday 4th June, from 10 am to 2 pm. Members of the public are invited to come along and discuss the plans with members of the BADT project team including the architect, Paul Richold of Architecton Ltd.
Once registered, the plans will be also be available for inspection in the planning office at Mountfield and on the Dorsetforyou planning website.
Charles Wild, Chairman of the Bridport Area Development Trust which is working to save the Institute, said,
“Although it has been closed and empty for seventeen years, the Literary and Scientific Institute is as important to Bridport’s story as the Glasgow School of Art (shockingly damaged by last week’s disastrous fire) is to that great city.
“There is a direct connection between the two institutions, through the involvement of Fra Newbery, who trained and taught at the Bridport School of Art housed in the LSI building in the late 19th century. Newbery became Director of the Glasgow School and was mentor of its great designer and architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
“We hope people will come along next week and look at our plans to bring the LSI back to life.”