Public consultation and discussion to secure community support and launch fundraising campaign, advertising of space available to hire, essential works needed to safeguard the building and open it as a community hub with meeting and exhibition space as quickly as possible.
Basic renovation to get the building into immediate use, with costs estimated at a minimum of £50K.
Installation of new toilets and simple catering facilities, plus conversion of the three cottages into attractive spaces to be used for various purposes to supply long term rental income.
Estimate of costs of conversion to be agreed once plans are drawn up.
The erection of a cleverly designed high quality extension to the building that will contain a kitchen. Historic England have already signaled their willingness to consider this positively.
Installation of a lift that will allow full use to be made of the upper space for events, exhibitions and classes and also to enable disabled access to the upper floor.
Early outline plans for this extension have been drawn up for us by a local architect and an expert on the preservation of historic buildings, taking account of conversations with Historic England.