For the past three months the BADT’s project group has been working with the consultants appointed with the help of English Heritage funding to develop plans and a feasibility study, which will be used to support a major bid to the Heritage Lottery later this summer for the capital costs of restoration.
The plans will be on display at a public viewing in Bridport Town Hall on Friday 6 July, from 10 am till 1 pm. Project co-ordinator Crystal Johnson said, “Although a huge amount of progress has been made, we are still at a very early stage with the project and there is a long way to go before we are able to apply for final funding. We’ve had a lot of community support for the project so far, which has been fantastic, so we hope people will come along and see our progress and plans for the building.”
BADT Chair Charles Wild said, “We believe that reopening of the Institute and its restoration to educational and community uses, which would be largely in line with the aims of its philanthropic nineteenth century founders, will help to give a much-needed lift to this end of the town, already under way with the revival of the Lyric Theatre and the plans for the Unitarian Chapel in the Garden.”
Entry to the Town Hall to see the Institute plans is through the TIC office.