New community space for Newton Abbot opening 2019

Exterior panels - visualWe have been working on a project in Newton Abbot since September 2016 and this year should see this fabulous new space open. It’s not a finished case study yet but we wanted to give you a flavour of what this exciting project has involved.

What was the change they wanted to make?

In its current location, Newton Abbot Town Council and Museum face significant challenges; distance from the town centre, accessibility, signage and space which results in a lower use of the facilities. It has taken 15 years to find a suitable site but in August 2016 the Town Council purchased a disused, listed building in the centre of town, the former St Leonard’s Church. This project will create a purpose-built museum and community space. It will provide a larger, accessible central location attracting local and national visitors to the accredited museum and enable more stories of Newton Abbot and its surrounding areas to be told in exciting and innovative ways, enable local residents to access the Town Council services more easily and provide affordable community space.

What did we do?

We worked with the Town Council and developed a Business Case for the proposed move. This was used as the underpinning document, which alongside community consultation and events, formed the basis of a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Having a successful first round at the first attempt, we then supported the project through the second round. As Project Co-ordinator, we aided the development of a Project Board, wrote the terms of reference, drafted tender documents for all professional services, supported the procurement process, and submitted other funding bids.

The project is on-going and we manage reporting to funders and the Project Board, co-ordination of the working group team for fortnightly meetings and liaison with the professional services construction team (project manage, architect, quantity surveyor etc).

What happened?

The project is still in full swing and we will update this case study as it progresses.

So far, we have helped to secure £900k through the Heritage Lottery Fund and a further £350k through other funders. The construction team are on site and the building is due to open to the public at the end of 2019.