Exmoor National Park Authority has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) of development funding of £23,500 to help the Authority progress its plans for a full grant of up to £250,000 for the Lynmouth Pavilion project.
The application was in competition with other supportable projects, so a ‘first-round pass’* is an endorsement of outline proposals. Having been awarded a first-round pass, the project now has up to two years to submit fully developed proposals to compete for a firm award, although the Authority plans to submit their proposals this autumn.
Exmoor National Park Authority is developing the iconic Lynmouth Pavilion into a high quality National Park Information and Interpretation Centre. Ben Totterdell, Interpretation Manager at Exmoor National Park Authority says: “Thanks to generous support from Devon County Council’s ‘Invest in Devon’ Fund, the Authority was able to put the funding in place for the capital build costs. We are now seeking further funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund that will enable us to add value to the interpretation of the unique heritage of the area and work with the community and a range of partners.
“This will ensure that the Pavilion reaches its potential as an exciting, world-class centre for learning and exploration that will inspire people about Lynton and Lynmouth and the wider Exmoor National Park area.”
The Pavilion building, which is situated on the seafront at Lynmouth, dates back to the 1930s. Although the condition of the building means that it will have to be demolished later this year, work will start on the construction of the new, sustainable building in the same 1930s design. Elements of the structure are to be removed and reused including the steel roof structure and decorative steel brackets to the balcony and it is anticipated that the Centre will be open in Spring 2013.