2014 Retrospective

2014 Retrospective: 

Llanthony Secunda Priory is a site of national historic, cultural and archaeological significance located a short walk from the centre of historic Gloucester, surrounded by 21st century waterside regeneration. In November 2013, it was announced that The Trust had been successful in its application for Heritage Lottery Funding for the restoration of the Priory buildings and grounds, including the creation of a community based interpretation centre. The HLF grant offer provided a significant step in securing the long term future of this historic site. The Trust resolved to accept this offer and moved quickly to confirm the necessary requirements of the Stage 1 grant criteria, which was confirmed by HLF in February 2014, and enabling the Trust to move forward with Stage 1, the development phase, of the project. 

A key aspect of the development phase was the appointment of a Project Manager and the Trust was delighted to appoint Dr Edwina Bell in April 2014. Throughout 2014, the Trust continued to maintain the site and ensure that all structures are safeguarded against further deterioration and this included repairs to the Tithe barn, funded by Gloucester Environmental Trust. The Project’s  main focus throughout the summer of 2014  was the successful appointment of a design team for the capital works. This was achieved in August 2014 and was followed by intensive progress on the development of a master plan and design options.  Further appointments were made during the year to include initial strategic advice on interpretation and the sustainability of the site to influence and support the physical design work,  and to develop detailed plans for activities and business planning

Project Team appointed: The Project Team is overseen by the Project Manager (Edwina Bell), working with Focus Consultants, who operate under the direction of the Trust. The Multi Disciplinary Design Team (led by Caroe & Partners), includes Lead Designer / Conservation Architect, Structural Engineer, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, and Fire Engineer. In addition, other Consultants appointed include; Landscape Architect (TEP), Archaeologist (Cotswold Archaeology), Quantity Surveyor (Stenning & Co.), Independent Access Advisor (Evans Jones), CDM Co-ordinator (Gleeds), Interpretation Consultants (PLB) and Activity and Business Planning (CCN).

Gloucester is a priority area for HLF and there are multiple projects with opportunities for collaborative work and currently the projects have met together twice to share information and begin to explore ideas for joint working particularly with respect to working with schools, volunteer development and marketing. 

The designs for the buildings and structures have been developed to RIBA C and will be subject to review and approval by HLF in early 2015 before being developed to RIBA D for the second round application in the summer.

A draft interpretive framework has also been developed which looks at potential audiences and activities as well as the access to, and flow around, the site.  The next stage is to develop both the interpretive design work to RIBA D alongside the development of  comprehensive Activity and Business Plans, which again will be available in early 2015.

The Trust is grateful to the many organisations and individuals who have supported the Trust in its efforts to secure the future of the Priory and its environs. The Trust is on target to submit its Stage Two application to HLF in August/September 2015, and subject to a successful application, commence the delivery phase works in the Spring of 2016.

The Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust and Project Board: Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust (LSPT) was formed in late 2007, to promote and facilitate the repair and sustainable reuse of the nationally important heritage of Llanthony Secunda Priory in Gloucester. LSPT comprises up to 12 trustees with wide ranging experience of heritage, conservation, estate management, development and construction, contract management, accountancy, project management, community engagement, children and young people and marketing. The development and delivery phase of the HLF project will be led by the sub-committee of the Board of Trustees, who report to the full board at regular intervals.

The aims of the Trust: The aims of the Trust are: 

  • To preserve for the benefit of the people of Gloucestershire and of the nation the historical, architectural and constructional heritage that may exist in and around Gloucestershire in buildings (including any structure or erection and any part of a building) of particular beauty or historical architectural or constructional interest; 
  • In particular to manage, restore and preserve for the benefit of the public Llanthony Secunda Priory in the City of Gloucester; and 
  • To promote the use of Llanthony Secunda Priory for educational, cultural and recreational purposes including skills training. 

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Llanthony Secunda Priory

Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust
Llanthony Road
Gloucester
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