Plans to restore Brackley Town Hall have moved a step closer following a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) by the town council.
The council has received initial support for a £2.3 million bid for the restoration project of the Grade II-listed building in Market Place, which was built in the 18th Century.
Development funding of about £100,000 has been awarded from the HLF to help the town council progress with plans to apply for a full grant.
Councillor Peter Rawlinson, Brackley town mayor, said: “I am delighted with the HLF’s decision to fund the next stage in the proposed refurbishment of the town hall. The fact that our bid has been successful in a highly-competitive national process is testament to the value placed on our iconic, Wren-inspired building.
“We look forward to engaging with the Brackley community to take the project forward.”
South Northamptonshire Council has been working with Ingham Pinnock Associates on how best to develop the Market Square, with the town hall as the centrepiece. This has involved looking at sensitive conservation and heritage issues with the aim of maximising the potential for the building to play a wider economic role for the town.
Councillor Rupert Fordham, South Northamptonshire Council’s portfolio holder for economic development and regeneration, said: “This exciting project fits in with the adopted Brackley Masterplan which prioritises the redevelopment of the Market Square and Town Hall. Our economic development and conservation teams have put in a lot of hard work to help ensure the building plays an important role in the 21st Century.”
Brackley Town Hall was built between 1704-07 as a deliberate device to bring together two separate communities at the top and bottom of High Street.