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Heritage Lottery Fund pledges £3m to Restoration

New boost for buildings at risk in BBC TWO series

The Heritage Lottery Fund has pledged £3 million towards restoring the building that wins BBC TWO's series Restoration it was announced today (Tuesday 19 August 2003).

Carole Souter, Director of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), said: "Restoration is helping viewers to get involved in the future of the country's heritage and is highlighting the threat that so much of it faces.

"We are proud to be part of it.

"The Heritage Lottery Fund has a great track record in restoring some of the UK's most endangered historic buildings, giving them new life and opening them up for everyone to enjoy.

"The Restoration Fund's bid to us for funding has shown that they will be able to use our grant to do just this for whichever building wins.

"It's now up to the public to vote for where they think the money should go."

Restoration is produced by Endemol UK Productions for BBC Scotland.

Nikki Cheetham, Managing Director of Endemol UK Productions, comments: "We are extremely grateful to The Heritage Lottery Fund for this invaluable support.

"Restoring buildings like these can help breathe new life into communities and have a tangible effect on people's lives.

"Already Restoration is making a difference all over the country by significantly raising the profile of each one of the buildings featured and calling the public to action."

Andrea Miller, Head of Factual Programming for BBC Scotland, comments: "That the HLF have given Restoration this grant makes the viewers' votes all the more significant.

"It is their passion for the winning building that will mean it can be restored and returned to public use."

Restoration, presented by Griff Rhys Jones, visits all corners of the UK and offers viewers the chance to save from ruin one of 30 architectural treasures.

Ten one-hour programmes (Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.00pm on BBC TWO) are each devoted to a geographical area and call on viewers to vote for one of three historical buildings at risk in that region.

The ten selected buildings will go through to the final - a magnificent event at the Tower of London broadcast live on BBC TWO.

Here a nationwide vote will decide which one will be given a new lease of life with money raised throughout the series (subject to the building that wins the vote meeting charitable criteria on matters such as public access).

Today's announcement means an additional £3 million will go towards giving the winning building a real future.

The series features all styles and periods of buildings, from crofts and castles to factories and country mansions - dating from medieval times to the 20th century.

Conservation architect Ptolemy Dean and historic buildings surveyor Marianne Suhr explore every corner of these buildings, unearthing their hidden secrets and bringing back to life the romance of their past.

Restoration also draws on the memories and knowledge of local residents, owners and conservation groups who love and value these buildings and are fighting to preserve them for future generations.

At the end of each programme, Griff asks the nation to cast its vote for which building should go forward to the final.

Viewers can vote by calling 0901 077 77 77 and a minimum of 17.9p of every 30p call goes directly to The Restoration Fund (a registered charity).

Contributions can also be made to The Restoration Fund via the donation line - 0871 200 5050.

Notes to Editors

The Heritage Lottery Fund enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about the UK's diverse heritage.

From great museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF grants open up the nation's heritage for everyone to enjoy.

To date the Fund has supported more than 12,000 projects, allocating over £2 billion across the UK.

Restoration has been produced in consultation with English Heritage, Historic Scotland, CADW (Welsh Historic Monuments) and The Department of the Environment and Heritage, Northern Ireland.

Many societies such as Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, SAVE (Save Britain's Heritage) and Architectural Heritage Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund have provided further advice.

The final of the series is timed to coincide with the National Heritage Open Days and weekends, which take place every year across the UK during September.

Following immediately after each episode of Restoration on BBC TWO is a 10-part series on BBC FOUR called Restoration Secrets.

This focuses on restored properties around the country that are normally closed to the public but will be open during Heritage Open Days.

It also showcases the best of BBC archive about architecture, restoration and historic buildings.

According to a nationwide survey carried out for Restoration:

Three quarters of the population is worried about the current rate of loss of the UK's historic buildings;

63% of individuals agreed that we in the UK do not do enough to care for our old historic buildings;

Empty, derelict buildings were unanimously felt to make the local
area more depressing, and 66% claimed these buildings actually made them feel depressed.

A tape of an interview with Liz Forgan (Chair of HLF) on this announcement is available through the BBC for media use.

Related links

Restoration website

The nation votes for Greyfriars Tower (16.08.03)

The nation votes for Victoria Baths (13.08.03)

Restoration required across the UK (08.08.03)

Restoration - press pack (18.07.03)

Restoration - saving Britain's heritage (19.03.03)

BBC TWO viewers vote to save our national heritage (09.07.02)

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