The future of the world’s last surviving grand music hall, an atmospheric grade II* building, tucked down an alley behind Cable Street, has won round one Heritage Lottery funding for major work by Tim Ronalds Architects.
The practice has been working with the venue since 2004.
Work is due to start on site this week on the first phase of restoration work that has been funded by SITA and other trusts.
Wilton’s Music Hall writes:
A £56,000 HLF development grant means that the Wilton’s Music Hall Trust (WMHT) can now work up plans for Phases 2 and 3 to fully save and conserve this Grade II* listed internationally significant building and apply for a full £1.6 million HLF grant at a later date.
With 40% of the building currently out of bounds, the building is on the ‘At Risk’ Register and is in a precarious and fragile state. This exciting scheme will bring unseen and unused spaces back to life and make them publicly accessible, secure the structure of the building, and develop a wide programme of community and learning activities, so everyone from local school children to businesses to volunteers can get involved in Wilton’s revival.
David Suchet, Patron of Wilton’s Capital Project, added:
‘I am so thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded Wilton’s this initial funding for Phases 2 and 3 of their Capital Project. I can’t think of any cause more deserving. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of many individuals and trusts and foundations, so thank you, and we just hope everyone steps forward and helps us raise this final amount to save the last surviving Grand Music Hall in the world, such a unique and beautiful venue.’
Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, who has been closely following Wilton’s campaign to be saved added his support for the project. He said: ‘I am delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given its support to Wilton’s Music Hall – which is a jewel in the East End’s crown. It is so important that heritage treasures like Wilton’s are protected, preserved and opened up for people to enjoy, and fantastic news that the vigorous campaigning to save Wilton’s has had such success. I look forward to supporting the hard work that will be needed to see Wilton’s thrive again.’
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