A local partnership has received a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to kickstart a project which is looking at the best way to restore, renovate and revitalise Lowestoft’s station building.
The grant will enable the project group to value the building, establish likely renovation cost and carry out a viability study which will establish what work will best preserve and enhance the building.
The Lake Lothing and Outer Harbour Area Action Plan proposed that Lowestoft Station should be improved and bring back in to use the main station building which is a key heritage asset for the town.
In order to kickstart this programme, the Lowestoft Station Renovation Delivery Group was established in August 2013, led by Lowestoft Vision and includes a number of partners such as Waveney District Council, Network Rail, Greater Anglia, Access Community Trust, Community Action Suffolk and Lowestoft College. This phase of work will be completed by March 2015 and will then enable further decisions to be taken on the longer term project.
The partnership aims to bring the station building back in to full commercial use. The viability study will determine whether the proposed café/restaurant, museum with library books, training facilities and meeting spaces for community groups is the preferred option. The renovated main Station building aims to create new jobs, enhance and develop skills and promote local heritage to boost the local economy.
– Cllr Bruce Provan, Waveney’s Cabinet Member for Tourism and Economic development
“Revitalising historic buildings to bring economic benefit to the town is an important aspect of the town's Area Action Plan and we are delighted to have received this grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The hard work that has gone in to securing this grant underlines the determination to deliver something exciting and very special for this iconic building. It is a great opportunity and one we will all do our best to deliver.”