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Haworth Tompkins' NT revamp lands chunk of £11m HLF handout

Haworth Tompkins’ redevelopment of the National Theatre in London is among four schemes to benefit from a £11million lottery funding windfall.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded the National Theatre £2.5million towards its £35million plans for its South Bank home.

The first phase of the scheme involves renovating the Cottlesloe Theatre, and moving the workshops from the north east corner of the building to the south to make room for new bar and restaurants facilities.

The HLF has also given grants to Rochester Cathedral in Kent, Insole Court in Cardiff and two historic buildings in Dunfermline.

At Rochester Cathedral, the grant of £3.6million will go towards work by London-based practice Carden and Godfrey to conserve the crypt and library and to create additional exhibition and educational spaces.

The HLF is also providing £2million to Cardiff’s Insole Court, a Victorian mansion surrounded by Grade II* listed gardens. The grant will go towards renovation work by Purcell to the mansion’s interiors, and to stabilise an ‘at risk’ stable block to create a new visitor centre.

Finally, a £2.8m grant will go towards a plan for the Royal Dunfermline, Fifeby Richard Murphy Architects to create an extension linking two Victorian buildings, the B-listed Dunfermline Carnegie Library and the adjacent B-listed former bank. The extension will house a new museum, art gallery, archive and library.

Carole Souter, chief executive of HLF said: ‘From the medieval to the modernist, these places are all in need of a metaphorical “wash and brush up”… Plans can now get going for restoration work and fresh thinking on how to attract, stimulate and retain visitors in the long term.’

CGI of Royal Dunfermline museum and art gallery (west elevation). Image: Fife Council

CGI of Royal Dunfermline museum and art gallery (west elevation). Image: Fife Council

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