Battersea Arts Centre to receive £1million government funding following devastating fire

Battersea Arts Centre will receive £1million funding to help renovate the fire-ravaged building.

The Grade II listed building was damaged by a fire which started on the Grand Hall roof which caused part of the structure to collapsed.

Chancellor George Osborne said the grant would be in addition to the £4.5million that the centre had received through the Arts Council.

He said: “People across London and beyond were sad to hear about the recent fire at the Battersea Arts Centre.

“Through Arts Council funding the Government has already contributed more than £4.5 million to support the redevelopment of this important centre.

“And we are today making an additional £1million contribution to help restore the centre to its former glory so that it can continue its great work in showcasing arts and culture to 100,000 people each year.”

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I was terribly sad to hear about the fire at the Arts Centre but was deeply relieved that no one was hurt.

“I have visited the centre to see the damage and met the very dedicated team of staff who have launched an impressive fundraising campaign and are doing everything to carry on as far as possible.

“The Arts Centre are having to divert all their available resources into dealing with the aftermath and so I am pleased to be able to confirm that Government will provide £1 million towards the ongoing redevelopment work to help get this important south London venue back on track.”

Picture courtesy of The CBI, with thanks

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