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HLF's total grant passes £1 billion mark

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The Heritage Lottery Fund has given almost £60 million in its latest round of grants, bring the award total to over £1 billion.

Some 106 grants were announced this week, with the largest, £10 million, going to Falmouth Maritime Initiative. The dockland museum will exhibit 120 small boats from the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and windsurf craft. The £14 million museum design by Long & Kentish Architects will include interactive displays in dramatic daylit and dark galleries. It is part of a £23 million project including an events marina, shops, a square, restaurants and houses. Detailed planning approval has been granted for the scheme and the designers are detail designing the museum and square, said partner M J Long.

Other awards included £2.4 million to bdp Manchester for restoring Thomas Butterworth's 1855 Grade II-listed Halifax railway station. An octagonal Grade II*-listed palm house in Liverpool's Sefton Park won £1.9 million. The council's architecture department is working on the iron structure designed in 1896 by Mackenzie and Moncur. The Grade II* Victorian Battersea Park in London's Wandsworth received £6.9 million for a major restoration, bringing hlf's total awards to parks to £100 million.

The hlf has supported 1862 projects in the uk, totalling £1,010,695,428.

Liverpool's Tate Gallery opened its new top-floor exhibition space by Michael Wilford & Partners this week. The project, costing almost £7 million, also includes a new shop, cafe and auditorium. It was awarded £3.8 million by the hlf last March.

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