Fylde Council has also reaffirmed its continued support for Lowther Pavilion, its trust and their partnership after receiving notification of a failed Expression of Interest to Arts Council England’s Cultural Development Fund to redevelop Lowther.
The expression of interest had proposed plans for the redevelopment and modernization of the pavilion and its surrounding gardens with a request for a grant of £5 million.
The offer was reviewed by an expert advisory board made up of representatives from the creative industries, the cultural sector and the heritage sector, but was negative.
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The verdict read: “Overall, the expert advisory group considered that other projects were more likely to make a significant contribution to the objectives and results of this program. Arts Council England is unable to give detailed comments on behalf of the panel or engage in discussion as to why your proposal is not being considered at this time.
Councilman Michael Sayward, chair of Fylde Council’s Tourism and Leisure Committee, said: ‘Although we are disappointed with the decision not to move forward with our proposal, we remain committed as council to not only supporting the Lowther Pavilion, but all the cultural and artistic treasures of Fylde.
“We are proud of the outline proposal we have made and will continue to explore other such opportunities to enhance the cultural profile of the borough.”
Teresa Mallabone, chair of the Lowther Trust, which runs the site, said: “We are of course disappointed, but Lowther Trust will continue to work to identify funds to ensure our plans move forward as soon as possible.”
Plans have already been approved to redevelop and upgrade the pavilion and surrounding gardens and local fundraising efforts have already enabled work to begin on the £1.5million community, education and studio space, intended to serve as a community center and space for the youth of Lowther. Theater and Young Creatives Program.
The Expression of Interest was intended to expand this and help deliver the next stages of the plan, with two future phases to include a new foyer, rooftop restaurant, cafe and outdoor area as well as offices, halls community facilities and full access for people with disabilities. The total expected cost is £6.7 million.