Penarth Pavilion Project receives £1.68 m landmark grant from HLF

Penarth Pavilion Project receives £1.68 m landmark grant from HLF

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has approved PACL’s grant application for £1.68 million for the renovation of the Penarth Pier Pavilion.  This is a watershed event and marks the culmination of several years of project development.

Said Maggie Knight, Project Director, “This is brilliant news for Penarth and South Wales.  The Pavilion will be a true community asset, not only as a dynamic monument to the area’s rich heritage, maritime, and social history, but as a centre for learning, training and entertainment as well.”

The Penarth Pavilion project, working under the banner, “Let’s Make it Happen,” envisages a state-of-the-art, flexible facility  that aims to engage multiple stakeholder groups, including residents of Penarth, the wider South Wales region, Britain, and even visitors from around the globe.

Following restoration the Pavilion will host a range of activities such as school sessions, and will have a dedicated exhibition area focusing on the area’s maritime heritage.  The first floor balcony will be redesigned to create an auditorium for lectures, conferences, and film screenings and a café will overlook the seafront.

PACL has also developed strong partnerships with a number of groups including the volunteer organisation ‘Coastwatch’, wildlife sanctuaries and the RSPB.  A new observation post will give people the chance to watch birds and other wildlife, with live images linked from cameras located in the Bristol Channel.

The local community will continue to play a crucial role in the project.  So far 10,000 people signed a petition to save the Pavilion and, as a result of this grant up to 230 people including staff, volunteers and students will be offered training opportunities.

Dan Clayton Jones, Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for Wales, said: “Penarth Pier and Pavilion is an iconic landmark for south Wales and a fine example of early 20th century seaside architecture. This project will secure its future, celebrate its rich maritime history and create a focal point for community activities, both social and educational.

“We’ve supported PACL in recognition of the difference the project will make to the area as part of the regeneration of the town’s seafront for both visitors and residents alike. The project has been led by the community from the start and it’s fantastic to see so many local people continuing to pledge their time and support as volunteers to make it a success.”

Several jobs will also be created through the project, including positions for an Education and Learning Officer and Pavilion Manager and it is expected that more than1,000 community members will get involved as volunteers, taking on roles such as heritage visitor guides.

Get involved with the project by volunteering, sign up form below:

Pavilion Volunteer Form