Bristol's Colston Hall makes big announcement as major transformation draws nearer

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In just over a month, Bristol’s most established and biggest music venue will close to the public before being transformed into a truly word class arts centre.

The transformation of Colston Hall has been years in the planning and today it took another major step forward with the announcement of a significant funding boost.

Bristol Music Trust, which runs the venue, announced that it has secured £4.75 million from the National Lottery grant, marking another momentous step towards the overall fundraising target of £48.8m.

This funding will specifically be used to restore the venue’s Grade II listed Lantern building, including the addition of retractable seating and staging, the creation of a new bar, an increase of its maximum capacity from 350 to 500 and the installation of an impressive spiral staircase from the lower foyer to The Lantern level.

It will also go towards telling the story of the building through the musicians, communities and audiences who have used it over the past 150 years, with the use of various permanent displays.

How The Lantern will look after the redevelopment

The building will close on June 11 with Colston Hall’s live programme using the foyer, which will remain open throughout the transformation, and other venues across Bristol and Bath.

Louise Mitchell, director of Bristol Music Trust, said: “This is hugely exciting for all of us at Bristol Music Trust and we’re looking forward to the next chapter in the hall’s history, with the help of our friends at the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“This very generous grant will allow us to tell the venue’s amazing story with permanent displays in the building, and will attract new heritage businesses to the venue, as well as giving audiences a new insight into the role the hall has played in Bristol life.

“It will also allow us to create a hugely exciting and extensive programme of engagement activities with local groups and schools, including engaging Bristol’s refugee community.

“Securing the funding has involved a lot of hard work and we’ve learnt so many amazing things about the building.”

How the main hall will look after the transformation

The Heritage Lottery Fund contribution comes after Arts Council England committed to donating £10million to Colston Hall, the largest single capital award made by ACE in the South West, and HM Treasury committing to a £5million contribution.

Together with private donations and funding from Bristol City Council, an impressive £41m has been raised.

Further information on the transformation of the venue, including how to donate, can be found here.

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