Heritage Lottery Grant for Insole Court welcomed

The award of a Heritage Lottery grant that will secure the future of one of Cardiff’s  landmark buildings has been warmly welcomed by Cardiff West’s  AM Mark Drakeford and MP Kevin Brennan.

The announcement of £165,900 for Insole Court in Llandaff,  will enable restoration plans to proceed which, if approved, will unlock £1.9 million of further Heritage Lottery  funding to restore the Gothic mansion to its former glory.

Mark Drakeford and Kevin Brennan backed the funding  bid sending letters of support for the restoration plans to the Big Lottery Fund.

The £165,900 grant announced today (Monday, 28 November) will allow architects to prepare detailed restoration plans to be submitted by the end of January.  If approved, the restoration could be given the green light by the end of 2012.

Mark Drakeford AM said today : “Insole Court is an architectural treasure which  now looks certain to be preserved for future generations.  I am delighted that the plans provide for a strong element of community use including a café, nursery and centre for older people.   The fate of Insole Court has been kept in the public eye for many years by an active local committee and they are to be congratulated for their commitment and dedication to this project.”

Kevin Brennan  MP said : “Local people have campaigned tirelessly over the years to secure the future of Insole Court and today’s announcement represents a huge step forward for the project.  It is local people who have refused to allow the building to slide into further decline and decay and it is entirely fitting that that the local community should benefit most from its restoration.”