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Funding coup for Alec French's Clifton visitor centre

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Alec French Architects has bagged initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a new visitor centre close to the Grade I-listed Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

Backed by the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, the proposed £1.9 million heritage and learning centre on the Bridge Yard site will include new offices and workshops and could open in time for the 150th anniversary of the opening of Isambard Kingdom Brunel landmark crossing in 2014.

Development funding of £36,400 has been awarded to the Trust to help it progress plans with a view to an application for a full grant later in the year.

The scheme will replace a temporary visitor centre which has provided ‘a welcome but limited service for six years.’

Dayrell McArthur, the chairman of the trustees, said: ‘The temporary visitor centre has proven that there is strong demand for information about the bridge and its surroundings, its history and its upkeep.  We now have the opportunity to provide information and facilities for visitors in a permanent and attractive building.’ 

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