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Napper's Sunderland glass house wins £3.8 million

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The Napper Partnership is the latest beneficiary of Heritage Lottery funds - its high-tech glass house for Sunderland Wintergarden has won £3.8 million.

The 28m-diameter drum was one of 35 schemes to receive grants in a £23 million handout this week. The domed 750m2 temperate greenhouse will be built in a park next to the city's museum and art gallery, on a site empty since the original Paxton-style greenhouse from the nineteenth century was bombed in the 1940s.

The project includes renovation of the park, one of the earliest Victorian examples, and will cost around £13 million. Project architect Eric Carter said: 'We were asked to do a high-tech wintergarden for the twenty-first century. It is not a Victorian replica.' Building work on the 14m-high planthouse is due to start in August and detail planning permission has been granted.

Other lottery winners include Scottish archivists who won £627,000 for a three-year project to catalogue and conserve 25 collections of architects' papers spanning more than 100 years. The Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historic Monuments of Scotland collection includes papers by Gorbals designer Sir Basil Spence, and Sir Robert Lorimer.

The hlf also singled out two restoration projects: Antrim's Glenarm Harbour restoration which won £2.4 million for dredging and repair of the basin, and Tower Gardens in Skegness which scooped just over £1 million for conservation of Tower Gardens, a seafront Victorian park, and building of a bandstand and play facilities. The smallest award, £32,200, will pay for heating and lighting systems for St Andrew's church in East Hagbourne, Oxfordshire.

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