Are you interested in photography and would like to learn about time lapse? Would you like to dance as the Georgians did? Learn how to maintain your house? Develop an element of the design for the Town Hall? If you would like to know more, pop along and have a look at the display at the Town Hall, The Hub or Brackley Library from Monday 9th March to Tuesday 24th March.
Brackley Town Council and the project team are currently developing the round two Heritage Lottery Fund bid for submission in the spring of this year. As part of the bid, an Activity Plan is being developed which is a requirement of all Heritage Lottery projects. An Activity Plan is a programme of projects that are specifically designed to engage and educate a wide variety of people about heritage and in turn, hopefully ensure that the heritage is better understood and protected in the future. An Activity Plan complements the physical work being undertaken and helps to ensure the legacy of HLF investment goes beyond stand alone buildings. It should include a range of opportunities for local people and local businesses to get involved in heritage through education, training and leisure activities.
The proposed Activity Plan for the Brackley Town Hall project is being developed with local groups, such as South Northamptonshire Volunteer Bureau and Northamptonshire Association of Youth Councils. The projects that are being developed are very varied and include courses for local builders and students on the use of traditional building skills, photography courses for the local community and researching the history of the High Street.
If any of these are of interest or you would just like to know more, pop along and have a look at the display at the Town Hall, The Hub or Brackley Library from Monday 9th March to Tuesday 24th March or visit the below website or facebook page to find out more.
This public consultation forms part of the development work currently being undertaken in order to submit a second round funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for £2.3m during 2015.
There are a number of ways in which the community can learn more about the project as follows:
- You can keep up to date with progress by signing up to the project e-newsletter (http://inghampinnock.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=3e67096e39894b4813913a916&id=9ae3ad2eda)
- You can visit the project website (http://brackleyregeneration.wordpress.com/), facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BrackleyTownHallRestoration) or follow the twitter account (@bracktownhall).
Notes to editors:
In 2013, Brackley Town Council, alongside architects, cost consultants and regeneration specialists, prepared a feasibility study for the Town Hall. This feasibility study looked at a number of options for the restoration of the Town Hall.
On the back of the feasibility study, the Town Council submitted a phase one application to the Heritage Lottery Fund Heritage Grant programme for the restoration of the Town Hall in December 2013. The Town Council was delighted to learn earlier this year that the phase one bid had been successful.
How does the Heritage Lottery Funding work?
Round one funding application
Projects submit what is called an outline proposal to the HLF. Although this is an outline document, it requires a lot of information to be provided such as outline costings, designs and a business case etc. This document for the Brackley Town Hall submission was over 300 pages long!
Round one pass
Securing HLF funding is extremely competitive, therefore, Brackley Town Council was delighted when they learnt earlier this year that the Town Hall project had received a first round pass.
Development Phase (this is where the project team currently is in the programme)
Once a phase one pass has been received the HLF provide funding to develop the designs, costings, Activity Plan and business case further for a phase two submission. The project team have up to two years to complete the ‘development phase’ of the bid process in order to submit the second phase application.
Since being given permission to start the ‘development phase’ earlier in the summer, the Town Council have appointed a design team and regeneration specialists to develop designs, costings, the Activity Plan and business case.
Round two funding application
The phase two funding application provides more much more detail than the first phase application, with designs and costings at a level that could be submitted for a planning application. The Activity Plan is also developed in much more detail and provides exact costings of projects and how they will be delivered.
Round two pass
If the project is successful at the phase two stage, funding has been fully secured and the restoration work can be carried out and the Activity Plan delivered.
How long will the project take?
If we are lucky enough to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project will take time to deliver. Restoring historic important buildings correctly takes time and needs to be done carefully. There will be much going on behind the scenes to make sure all of the necessary consents are in place and that the right repairs are carried out before you see any changes. The application process also takes time. HLF operate a two stage application process that can take two years from start to finish.
An approximate programme for the application process and, if successful, the delivery of the project is provided below:
- February – September 2013: Feasibility study carried out
- September – December 2013: Developing application and initial Activity Plan
- December 2014: Deadline for submitting the round one application
- April 2014: Outcome of round one application
- June 2014: Received permission to start the ‘development stage’
- June 2014 – spring 2015: Developing round two application
- Spring 2015: Round two application submitted
- Spring – summer 2015: HLF review round two submissions
- Summer 2015: Final decision made by HLF on whether to award the funding
- Winter 2015 – 2018 (approximate): Project delivered.
What will the funding do?
If we are successful, funding from the Heritage Grant programme will be used to: Restore the historic fabric of the building, which is in much need of repairs and maintenance; improve access to the first and second floors; provide improved community space and introduce new uses to the ground floor and attic space, which is currently unused.
Alongside the physical work the funding will also be used to engage the community in the project. We have created an initial Activity Plan that includes a range of opportunities for local people and local businesses to get involved in heritage through education, training and leisure activities. The Activity Plan is very important because it will create projects that will educate a wide variety of people about heritage and in turn, hopefully ensure that the heritage is better understood and protected in the future.
Who is on the design team?
For a building of this importance and complexity, a very experienced and diverse design team are required. Expertise is needed in heritage architecture, conservation civil and structural engineering, archaeology, interior analysis, landscape architecture, mechanical and electrical engineering and cost consultancy.
The design team appointed to undertake this work are very experienced in heritage buildings and are leaders in their field. The team is led by architecture firm Haverstock and Rena Pitsilli Graham and supported by a number of experts who between them have worked on significant heritage buildings such as The White Tower at the Tower of London, Easton Neston, the British Museum, Stowe House and Palace of Westminster.
What is an Activity Plan?
The inclusion of an Activity Plan is a requirement of the HLF bidding process. An Activity Plan is a programme of projects that are specifically designed to engage and educate a wide variety of people about heritage and in turn, hopefully ensure that the heritage is better understood and protected in the future. An Activity Plan complements the physical work being undertaken and helps to ensure the legacy of HLF investment goes beyond stand alone buildings. It should include a range of opportunities for local people and local businesses to get involved in heritage through education, training and leisure activities.
Projects within the initial Activity Plan submitted as part of the round one application are varied and funding will be made available from the HLF to deliver them during 2015 onwards