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Stable block gets PS3m for new role.

Byline: Sarah Dale Reporter

A FORMER Victorian stable block has been given a PS3m boost to transform it into an educational hub.

Askham Bryan College, which has run courses from Stewart Park in Middlesbrough for several years, has been awarded the cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund to turn Central Lodge into an agricultural and horticultural education facility.

Two years ago the Yorkshire-based college pledged to restore the park buildings, which are in need of urgent repair, as part of a 10-year plan.

So far work costing around PS150,000 has been completed.

The major restoration will see a new phase of the college's partnership with Middlesbrough Council which transferred over several buildings last year.

The aim is to return the buildings to their former glory, encourage greater public access, and create an educational hub for young people.

Repairs will include extensive work to the roof and the general fabric of the building, the creation of lecture rooms, a science lab, a learning resource centre, animal handling areas, workshops and a reception area.

Heritage features such as the former butter churn dairy and Victorian laundry will also be restored. Liz Philip, executive principal of Askham Bryan College, said: "The restoration of Central Lodge means it will become a vibrant centre helping to increase future employment and life opportunities for the region's young people.

"We have worked closely with community groups and the Friends of Stewart Park, who have been very supportive, and we anticipate our existing courses in animal management, horticulture and agriculture will be extended and new courses in forestry and arboriculture added."

Cllr Tom Mawston, chairman of the Friends of Stewart Park, said: "This latest funding award is great news, not just for the park but for the town."

The funding has been awarded through HLF's Heritage Enterprise programme.


Central Lodge, at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

Askham Bryan First Year Level 3 Animal Management students Sara Gee, left, and Courtney Hulme, both from Middlesbrough, in front of Central Lodge

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 31, 2016
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