Railway shed sees new lease of life as civic building

The Frodsham Foundation has announced that it is looking for architects in Chester to come up with plans that will enable the organisation to turn an old railway building into an enterprise and community centre.

The social enterprise group has been offered a quarter-century lease by Cheshire West and Chester Council. Any profit generated will be reinvested into the community. The funds will be used to provide mentoring, start-up grants, new community facilities, and initiatives for expanding enterprises.

In the late 1800s, the shed was built to hold cattle and produce waiting to be transported by rail. When Network Rail no longer needed the building, it sold it on to the council.

For many years, the council used it to store waste collection vehicles and other equipment. However, the large shed has remained empty over the last three years. It has become dilapidated and the roof leaks, but it does provide a large amount of space.

Kate Dodgson, the Executive Director of the Frodsham Foundation, said:

“The building will signpost visitors to other attractions and businesses in and around the town to boost tourism, create local employment opportunities and develop skills.”

A submission shortlist will be drawn up and put on display, with a public vote held to determine the best design. The chosen plans will then be used to apply for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Foundation has already started work on the building. Recently, it cleaned it out and held an open day to give local people a chance to view the building, as well as make suggestions about its future use.

Posted by Mark
November 19, 2014

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