The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has revealed a raft of funding boosts for Silverstone and Alexandra Palace.
The British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) and Silverstone Circuits have been awarded a first round pass for a £9.1m bid to the HLF for their project ‘Silverstone Heritage Live’.
The initial funding allocated for this project is £446,068, to which the BRDC will add further cash and volunteer input to allow development work to a total value of almost £892,136 to be undertaken, helping the BRDC and Silverstone progress its plans to apply for the full grant in 2014.
Silverstone Heritage Live, which is planned to open in 2016, would feature the BRDC archive, a heritage trail and live interactive experiences within a Heritage Hub located at the entrance to the circuit.
“We are very proud to have won this grant and are extremely excited about the project,” said BRDC Chairman Stuart Rolt. “The BRDC and Silverstone have played an important part in the history of British motor sport, and the Silverstone Heritage Hub will give us an opportunity to share this with motor sport fans from around the world.”
The BRDC, Silverstone and the HLF will continue to work closely together in order to apply for the full grant in November 2014.
Exhibition News is holding its next Race Day at the venue on 7 June.
Meanwhile, Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust’s (APPCT) multimillion pound regeneration programme has also been backed by the HLF who have supported the further development of the Trust’s £16.8m lottery funding application.
The HLF Board of Trustees were unanimous in their decision to award £844,800 in development phase funding.
This funding will be used to further develop the project’s designs and business plan to ensure its ability to deliver the maximum sustainable long-term benefit for the palace, its visitors and local communities.
At the conclusion of this development phase, a further application will be submitted to the HLF for the remaining funding towards the requiredconstruction works.
“The HLF announcement marks a significant moment in the future of Alexandra Palace,” said Duncan Wilson, chief executive for Alexandra Park and Palace. “Finally we can plan with confidence to bring back to life the glorious Victorian Theatre and the historic BBC Television studios. The ‘People’s Palace’ in its entirety can now become a reality and we are thrilled that the HLF have endorsed our plans for its future in this way.”
The HLF funding will contribute the major part of a £23.9m project which would transform the eastern end of the palace.
The venue’s regeneration plans received community support last year.
However the Southbank Centre’s bid for £10.2m towards its £100m redevelopment plans for the Hayward Gallery, Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall was rejected by the HLF.
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