HLF Grant to Restore Warehouse on Shrewsbury Canal

HLF Grant to Restore Warehouse on Shrewsbury Canal

13 January 2014

Plans to restore the canal warehouses at Wappenshall in north Telford stand a good chance of being achieved with a grant of almost £1million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A first round grant of £72,000 has been awarded to the Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Trust to fund the development of the plans for the project. The Trust plans to restore the canal-side warehouses and wharf at the junction of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals, Wappenshall, to create “Thomas Telford’s Wappenshall Wharf”.

The initial grant to develop good plans will support a second round application for a further £909,900, to be used with other grants to complete the work at a total cost of £1.453 million.

The project aims to carry out conservation work to restore the warehouses, which will include a Thomas Telford Information Centre, a cafe and a space for community use, business meetings and other events.  An educational programme is also planned that will involve students from local schools and colleges.

The Trust's volunteers and members of the public will be able get involved both during and after the renovation. This is planned to start in the Autumn 2014 and to be complete within 2 years.  The work would create many news jobs during the restoration, along with some permanent employment once open.

Photo: Wappenshall Wharf (courtesy of Richard Knisely-Marpole)

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