Funding for Manchester Jewish Museum but Ancoats Dispensary loses out
An extension to help the Manchester Jewish Museum double in size could start in autumn 2018 after the project secured a £2.9m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, but a funding bid to restore Ancoats Dispensary has been rejected.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has backed the Manchester Jewish Museum’s 4,900 sq ft extension of its existing facility on Cheetham Hill Road, which will house a new foyer, café, retail space, visitor facilities and an 1,800 sq ft gallery.
The fund will provide £2.9m towards the extension, which is expected to cost £4.5m in total.
It has been designed by a team including Citizens Design Bureau as architect, Buro Happold as structural engineer, Bristow Johnson as quantity surveyor, and All Things Studio as exhibition designer.
A planning application was submitted in June this year. The Lottery Fund also provided nearly £430,000 towards the design and planning process.
The extension, which still needs to raise a further £250,000 to go ahead, has been backed by The Association of Jewish Refugees, The Granada Foundation, and The Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust, among others.
The current museum, opened in 1983, is housed inside the city’s oldest synagogue, which will also be restored as part of the project. It will remain open until autumn 2018, at which point it will close to allow construction of the extension to begin. Restoration works will include repointing brickwork and repairing the building’s slate roof.
Construction is due to complete in 2020, with the museum reopening in summer of that year.
During construction works, the museum will open a pop-up facility at the Manchester Central Library.
The Museum’s chair of trustees, Andrew Singer, said: “This is a huge step forward for the museum and the communities whose stories it tells. We should all be very proud of this achievement and we are all very excited for the future.”
However, a bid to restore the Ancoats Dispensary trust with Lottery funding has been rejected.
Ancoats Dispensary Trust and development partner Igloo Regeneration had bid for a £4.5m grant to help restore the derelict building near Manchester city centre, which was saved from demolition in 2013.
The project had previously been supported by the HLF with a £770,000 initial development grant for stabilisation works and the creation of detailed plans for the restoration, but the Dispensary has failed to secure stage two funding from the HLF.
Trevor MacFarlane, chair of Ancoats Dispensary Trust and Ancoats Dispensary Limited, said: “The decision is obviously a big blow for the Trust, igloo and everyone who has supported this wonderful project over the last 5 years.
The Trust are not giving up however and we will regroup and look at as many alternate ways of saving the building as possible. The Dispensary is a unique Heritage asset in Manchester and it would be a tragedy if it went the way of so many of Manchester’s heritage buildings before it.
“We will do everything in our power to make sure the Dispensary has a future at the heart of Ancoats.
“To that end we invite anyone who has an interest in helping to save the Dispensary to get in touch with us”.
The Trust added it had made “approaches to high net worth individuals who could champion the project”, and that it also had applications with potential funders that had yet to be decided.
Plans for the renovated Dispensary included a community café, event space and meeting rooms on the ground floor, and two floors of office space for occupiers who work in health and wellbeing sectors.
Purcell acted as architect on the scheme.