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Matcham's Blackpool Grand gets £450,000


Architect Frank Matcham's Blackpool Grand. Pic: Sean Conboy
Architect Frank Matcham's Blackpool Grand. Pic: Sean Conboy

Blackpool's Grand Theatre has been awarded £450,000 by the Arts Council for repairs to the stonework if the Grade 2* listed building. The work will also include replacing and pointing damaged brickwork, restoration of the Victorian iron rainwater goods, and replacement of large areas of slate and lead on the two acres of roof.

The work will ensure the safety of the building and allow audiences and visitors to gain access to parts of the theatre that have been inaccessible for some years.

The grant marks the first phase of funding towards a £15 million capital development plan that will futureproof the theatre.

Chief executive Adam Knight said: “We are hugely grateful to the Arts Council for this significant and very timely investment in our heritage building, which has been struggling to cope with the impact of climate change and recent Irish Sea storms.

“This funding will also return the theatre’s famous dome and iconic pineapple finial to their former glory and enable us to use funds generously donated by the community. This is just the beginning of the journey to restore Frank Matcham’s masterpiece."


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