Funding towards the second phase of the repair and rescue project of this Grade II listed building
Posted: 13th October 2014
Lansdown Hall, Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1BB
In 2010, this local landmark building (Grade 2 listed and 130 years old) needed full repair and rescue. It was bought by the town council in order that it could be preserved as a village hall for Stroud. The building's programme, managed by a small charitable trust run almost entirely by enthusiastic volunteers, attracts 20,000 visits per year but the venue was sorely in need of upgrading for 21st century needs.
The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust's £30,000 grant, together with £45,000 from the Town Council, funded the second phase of the project (phase 1 being urgent repairs and safety measures). This primarily addressed the ground floor, including the gallery, which draws people into the building and helps fund running costs.
Many appreciative comments have been received for the transformation of the gallery into an airy and light space. For the first time in 100 years, there is an accessible entrance at street level, with the beautiful original door restored and reopened, exterior and internal ramps, handrails and proper signage. The kitchen and office space, mainly used by volunteers, are now fit for purpose and hygienic. Antiquated toilets have been replaced with a new, properly fitted out, accessible loo, and heating has been upgraded where possible to be more effective and energy-efficient.