Heritage Lottery Fund boosts Colston Hall’s transformation campaign by £4.75million

Another milestone for Colston Hall’s £45 million transformation campaign has been reached following an announcement by the Heritage Lottery Fund earmarking £4.75million for the project.

Since the Thank You for the Music appeal was launched in September 2014, the Government, Bristol City Council and Arts Council England have together already assigned £25.7million for the Hall. Combined with private donations, the Heritage Lottery Fund announcement brings the total pledged to just over £30million.

As part of the redevelopment, deigned by architects Levitt Bernstein, this funding will support the restoration of the Grade II Listed Lantern Building. The reinvented space will host a range of fully accessible facilities and spaces for education and creativity including opportunities to celebrate its history, share heritage-based exhibitions, research projects, archive activities and schools learning programmes.

Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust said: “This funding announcement, thanks to lottery players, is fantastic news and we’d like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for showing confidence in our project, placing us in an even stronger position to achieve our target of reaching £45million to transform Colston Hall.

“As part of the ambitious transformation project that will see the Main Hall and cellars completely refurbished, this funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund will allow us to bring our historic Lantern area back to life, allowing more visitors to understand and experience the heritage of our fabulous building.

“Our fundraising campaign will continue and the designs for the building are rapidly taking shape. As the last major concert hall in Britain to be updated, we are now a step closer to giving the people of Bristol and the South West a concert hall of which they can be proud.”

Phil Castang, Head of Bristol Plays Music, said: “We are very grateful for this stamp of approval from the Heritage Lottery Fund. After a busy year creating the first citywide music curriculum in the UK, it is very exciting that we are heading strongly towards our goal of giving all children in Bristol the chance to experience innovative educational programmes and to perform music in the world-class facilities that a transformed Colston Hall will provide.”

Whilst today’s news is a great step forward, Bristol Music Trust still needs support to fulfil its ambition to raise £45million so, next year, will be launching a public fundraising appeal.

Nerys Watts, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “We’re delighted that, thanks to National Lottery players, we can support Bristol Music Trust in restoring the unique Colston Hall and bring them a step closer in their ambitious plans to create a world class venue for the people of Bristol, and the West of England. Not only will urgent structural work be carried out on the historic Lantern Building, but the venue will also become an important space to engage more people with the fascinating musical heritage of Colston Hall.”

To show your support for the transformation, please sign-up to the 45k for 45m campaign here: