Five projects bag £52m Lottery windfall

The Heritage Lottery Fund has unveiled £52m of initial funding for five refurbishment and new-build projects around the UK.

The five projects have been granted a first-round pass, which means they have up to to two years to submit fully developed proposals, which will see the HLF award confirmed.

Two of the winning projects – the Windermere Steamboat Museum in Cumbria and the Temperate House Project at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew – have yet to see architects or designers appointed.

The Windermere Steamboat Museum is looking to receive £7.4m of Lottery cash to reinvigorate the museum, which is currently closed to the public, while Kew Gardens has had £15m earmarked for a project which includes conservation work at the Temperate House and converting Evolution House into a centre for community outreach and engagement.

Hastings Pier is looking to bag £8.75m to go towards restoration of the pier, which is being carried out by de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects. The pier suffered extensive fire damage last year.

The British Museum has had £10m earmarked to go towards its World Conservation and Exhibition Centre – with design by architect Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners – which will see a new building created at the north-west corner of the museum’s site.

The Geffrye Museum in London is looking to receive £10.9m for its Museum of the Home project, with a masterplan by David Chipperfield Architects, which will provide new entrances to the museum as well as creating public access to its library, archives and collections.

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