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Battersea Arts Centre thrown £1m lifeline

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Battersea Arts Centre has been thrown a £1million lifeline by the Treasury to help put its redevelopment project back on track following the recent fire

The funding was announced by culture secretary Sajid Javid yesterday (23 March) after he witnessed the fire damage that devastated the grade II*-listed building’s Grand Hall first hand during a visit of the south London venue.

He said: ‘The Arts Centre is having to divert all its available resources into dealing with the aftermath and so I am pleased to be able to confirm that the government will provide £1million towards the on-going redevelopment work.’

This grant is in addition to a £4.6million contribution from the Arts Council England for the centre’s £13.3million restoration, which is led by 2014 Stirling Prize-winner Haworth Tompkins.

The arts centre has also raised almost £74,000 in public donations following an on-line appeal through the National Funding Scheme, a charity.

The fire that raged through arts centre earlier this month destroyed the building’s grand hall

Around 80 firefighters and 12 fire engines were called to the blaze which tore through the 120-year-old landmark.

The fire crew managed to save two thirds of the building, including its ‘priceless’ octagonal glass dome.

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