Left to right – Councillor Stephen Hirst (Mayor of Tetbury), Councillor Kevin Painter (Deputy Mayor of Tetbury), William Cook (Chair Of Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust), Matt Aitkenhead (Managing Director Stonewood), Ian Maslin (Director Clark and Maslin) and Mike Hopkins (Contracts Manager Stonewood).
9th June 2016. Tetbury Town Council (TTC) and Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust (TRLRT) have commenced renovation works to the Goods Shed.
After much planning and partnership work TTC and TRLRT have secured funding to commence works on the derelict Goods Shed. TTC meeting on 2 June 2016, the council unanimously agreed to commence works on the Goods Shed.
Stonewood builders have been appointed as the main contractor and will commence works week commencing 6 June 2016 . The project has been designed by Clark & Maslin who will also be project managing the works throughout.
With much hard work and proven support for the project from local people the council, as owners of the building, believe the project will be fantastic for both local people and visitors to Tetbury.
The Goods Shed will provide a venue for the arts and welcome many performances, exhibitions and workshops. The Goods Shed works will be completed by Christmas 2016.
The Mayor of Tetbury, Councillor Stephen Hirst said: “At last the Goods Shed is on the move. There’s a great sense of satisfaction and the project will create a fantastic community asset. Tetbury will receive a huge amount of benefit.”
The Deputy Mayor of Tetbury, Councillor Kevin Painter said: “This is a truly amazing day and testimony to what people can achieve.”
Will Cook,Chair of Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust said: “Today is a momentous landmark in our scheme to transform the derelict Goods Shed into an art and culture hub for our community. I would like to thank the people of this town for believing in this project and supporting us. Most of all I commend the spirit of the amazing Goods Shed team who have given 200% and our Tetbury Town Council because together we have made it happen. Full steam ahead!”
For over 10 years the building has been owned by TTC. Much thought and partnership working has gone into the final drawings of the build conversion, not least two years of meetings of a project group made up of the Chief Executive Officer of the council, three members of the TRLRT and Tetbury councilors.
The final design created by architects Clark and Maslin incorporates all the needs of making this project a success. Original plans did not include the extension of the building (which is now included to house toilets and kitchen) but, from using the building for functions (even in its incomplete state), project organisers came to the conclusion that the main space provided by the building must not be compromised.
The detailed plans include a site office, green room, storage, kitchen (with serving counter to the outside), multiple female, male and disabled toilets and a large foyer. This final design through constant consultation meets the needs of likely performers (full disability access), functionality (office on site), storage (of tables when not in use) and meets regulations of hosting large events.
With over 30 well-attended events over the past two years - some that spread over weeks at a time - we have engaged constantly with our end users of the arts centre. We have listened to what events people would like in Tetbury and have taken note of events that are more popular and well attended than others. We have seen sell out concerts and week long trickles of visitors and local people visiting exhibitions.
As well as providing an excellent venue and attractions for local people the Goods Shed will provide;
Support for Rural Tourism –
- developing high quality services that encourage tourists to stay longer, linking tourism providers and extending the tourism season
- supporting tourism activities linked to providing culture, arts events and festivals promoting local culture
- in the wider context of the project the goods shed is the entrance to an access path all the way to Kemble and we are currently working with land owners to open up this path as a bridle way (currently being consulted on at Gloucestershire County Council level) this will help develop access infrastructure as a path and cycle way helping connect people to the natural environment
As well as a Public Works Loan taken out by TTC, funds have been secured from extensive fundraising events and many independent funders including;
- Summerfield Trust
- Cotswold District Council Community Projects Fund
- Cotswold Conservation Board
- David Thomas Trust
- Jack Lane Trust
- Garfield Weston Foundation
- Louise Verity
Applications for further funding to support the completion of works include Cotswold LEADER programme and Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.
Kevin Painter also said; “This is a very proud day for Tetbury, thanks to the dedication and hard work of everyone involved. Two people whose names will always be linked to the Goods Shed are Chairman of TRLRT Will Cook and of course Sue Stoner whose tireless dedication even in her final days was amazing. It is very true that we shape our buildings and afterwards they shape us and this building has been shaped with love, affection, creativity and positivity and I’m sure it will carry on throughout generations to come.”