Friday, 28 February 2020 00:00

Winter Gardens shortlisted to apply to The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Written by  David Wiles
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
Winter Gardens shortlisted to apply to The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The project to save Great Yarmouth’s unique Winter Gardens has been successfully shortlisted to apply to The National Lottery Heritage Fund, with the borough council now working closely with a preferred operator to develop the funding application.   

The Grade II*-listed at-risk landmark, which has dominated the famous Golden Mile since 1904, is a heritage gem of national significance as the UK’s last surviving Victorian seaside cast iron and glass winter gardens.

Following significant and ongoing project redevelopment, Great Yarmouth Borough Council submitted a successful Expression of Interest to the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Horizons Awards scheme and is through the initial stage of the process.

Following significant and ongoing project redevelopment, Great Yarmouth Borough Council submitted a successful Expression of Interest to the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Horizons Awards scheme and is through the initial stage of the process.

This is a hugely competitive national funding pot, with the Winter Gardens among one of only 12 projects successfully shortlisted, out of 146 proposals received, to compete for a share of £50m. The council is seeking £9.9m towards the cost of repair and restoration.  

As the next stage of the process, the 12 projects have until November 2020 to apply for development funding. Decisions will be made in early 2021, with around half the shortlisted projects expected to be awarded funding to develop their proposals further.

The council is working closely with a preferred operator to develop the application, including business case development, heritage activity planning, further architectural work and continuing to explore further opportunities for project funding.

The overall ambition is to repair and revive the Winter Gardens as a year-round visitor attraction that makes the most of the unique building, its seafront location and its horticultural heritage. 

Cllr Carl Smith and Cllr Trevor Wainwright, leaders of the council’s main political groups, said: “This hugely exciting news reflects the national importance of the Winter Gardens as well as significant and ongoing work to realise the dream of bringing the unique Winter Gardens back into viable and suitable use as a year-round attraction. 

“As part of the council’s seafront regeneration programme, the council has been working hard behind the scenes to drive forward our ambitions for the Winter Gardens, alongside restoring the Venetian Waterways and investing in the Marina Centre redevelopment for the benefit of the visitor economy and communities across the whole borough.

“The Winter Gardens is a nationally-important at-risk heritage gem, requiring significant national funding. We are so pleased that the National Lottery Heritage Fund is excited with our project and that we are working with a preferred operator. The ambition is to save, restore and reimagine the Winter Gardens at the heart of Great Yarmouth’s regeneration and daily life.

“The council has done incredibly well to get the project into the last 12 nationally and we thank everyone involved. The Heritage Horizons Awards scheme is a hugely competitive national funding pot. We have a strong case, but there is still much work to do with our preferred operator, and further stages to get through, so nothing is definite at this stage and we ask for the community’s patience, support and positive-thinking. We want to see people keeping their fingers crossed right across the borough.”  

Visit the following businesses

cache/resized/d7f6e4d228ca616731c8334bc9c925d3.jpg
Onestop Webshop
Are you looking for a creative web design company to deliver your next web project ? Based in Great Yarmouth we offer companies across Norfolk cost-effective website design and online marketing.  We specialise in website design for smaller ...
Explore
cache/resized/a75486a190d54ec301d6be6e7445defc.jpg
Original Art Photography
Become a better photographer faster with expert tuition from an international award-winning professional. Getting started taking photos can be easy. But some can find improving difficult with confusion over the camera controls, fear of Photoshop ...
Explore
cache/resized/60d2c4df7ca1eb7d700720c5669d0c03.jpg
Emedias
I’ve been designing and hosting websites commercially for over 20 years. I still support many of these clients to this day.   Website Design All websites created are professionally designed and responsive, so will work well across all ...
Explore
cache/resized/f8eed00005211c579fa08640b250d271.jpg
Paul Dickson Books
Paul Dickson is an independent publisher, working with Norfolk writers. He is the publisher of the following books (all titles available from Allthingsnorfolk.com): Miracle in Kigali, the story of Illuminee Nganemariya and her son Roger's survival ...
Explore
cache/resized/aed18959f27ef378b4eed7628e92e269.jpg
FlexiMed Training Ltd (Gt Yarmouth)
We offer a range of First Aid training and healthcare courses at your workplace/venue as well as at one of our open courses, throughout Norfolk and our training room in Great Yarmouth. We believe that First Aid training should be ...
Explore
cache/resized/eeb042381c08d9e4947f1fe18ebb5314.jpg
Fido's Pet Bazaar
Fidos Pet Bazaar is a double award winning Pet Shop started by Alan and Lorna Raven in 1977 and still going strong. We are a large authentic pet shop combining the best of the old with the best of the new and an alternative to boring old pet ...
Explore
benefits banner

Related items

  • Easter reminder: Great Yarmouth is closed to tourists

    Norfolk’s largest coastal resort is running an eye-catching social media campaign over Easter to remind would-be tourists to stay away and safe at home to help protect the NHS and save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

    While the Easter bank holiday weekend normally marks the start of Great Yarmouth’s season, the message this year from the borough council and tourism businesses is that the resort is closed to visitors, with attractions, seafront car parks and holiday parks shut to the public as part of national social distancing measures.

    The campaign will run over the four days and is aimed at those who might be tempted to break the restrictions by making unnecessary journeys to Great Yarmouth, Gorleston-on-Sea, or the local village resorts, and potentially congregating on the seafronts and beaches.

  • On-site works for new Marina Centre to start in Great Yarmouth

    Redevelopment of Great Yarmouth’s 40-year-old Marina Centre is scheduled to start on Monday, February 3, with demolition crews moving in to clear and prepare the seafront site for construction of an exciting new state-of-the-art Water and Leisure Complex. 

    Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s once-in-a-generation £26m investment will be a major year-round boost to the economy and community for decades to come, acting as a catalyst for potential further investment, whilst supporting health and well-being across the borough. 

    The new Marina Centre will create a truly year-round anchor attraction on the Golden Mile, including a six-lane 25m pool with full disabled access and suitable for competitions and galas, a confidence water area and learner pool with moveable floor, leisure water with fun play features, two water flumes and a splash pad.

  • Updated designs revealed for Market Place in Great Yarmouth.

    Updated unique designs have been revealed for the redevelopment of Great Yarmouth’s Market Place, a key part of Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s exciting vision to regenerate the town centre.

    The investment will see the market facilities significantly improved in the heart of the Market Place, with new units under anarchitecturally-striking canopy, designed to ensure the market is brighter, more inviting and compliments the historic setting.

    This updated design has been shaped over the last 18 months, through public engagement around the initial ideas and original design, followed by individual detailed conversations with the six-day market traders.

  • Great Yarmouth’s Venetian Waterways wins more prestigious awards

    Great Yarmouth’s recently-restored historic Venetian Waterways have gone on to win two more awards only months after opening to the public.

    The £2.7m renovation was led by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, in partnership with Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust and with key support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The main works were completed between June 2018 and August 2019 by community groups, volunteers and the council’s main contractor Blakedown Landscapes.

    The restoration included refurbishing the Boating Lake and Island Café as well as the Venetian bridges and thatched weather shelters and faithfully restoring the planting scheme. After the successful opening of the Waterways site at Easter, the Boating Lake itself and the Café Island also reopened in August with Community Access Trust managing the concession.

  • Great Yarmouth Festival of Bowls 2019 opens at seafront

    Great Yarmouth Festival of Bowls, the biggest outdoor open bowling event in the country, is getting underway at Great Yarmouth seafront, with some 1,100 bowlers competing over four weeks.

    Organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and managed by Brian Grint and the Festival of Bowls Committee, this year’s festival is taking place on the Britannia Bowling Greens between Sunday, August 25 and Friday, September 20.

    Tournament coordinator Brian said: “This year’s festival looks to be another big year. Great Yarmouth is the UK’s bowls capital and the seafront is the best bowls venue in the country – you can’t beat it for atmosphere, and people come back year-on-year to meet old friends as well as for the high standard of play.

    “It’s not just about playing bowls, it’s about Great Yarmouth as a place. The players bring their families and go to the different attractions in Great Yarmouth. Everyone enjoys fish and chips, a cup of tea with a doughnut and you can’t go to Great Yarmouth without having an ice cream.”

Newsletter

© All Things Norfolk 2008 - 2020
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Proudly featuring so many great local independent businesses to support on https://t.co/NuCmmbscVs including… https://t.co/S6nUarnqbs