The redevelopment of the Goods Shed to an Arts Centre
Tetbury Town Council acquired 3.5 acres of Tetbury’s former railway land in 1997. At the time the Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust (TRLRT) was set up to raise funding and to support the development of the site. Over the intervening years, the former marshalling yard became a free long stay car park, the old stock market was converted into a Millennium Green and three miles of the former track bed became a linear Town to Country Park.
The total cost of this project is £850,000 (which includes the original purchase price of the building), an additional £589,000 is required to meet building costs. A substantial amount of this has been secured through, local fund raising, commitment from TTC, grants from other charitable trusts and funding through S106 applications.
Phased work is planned to commence in the Spring of 2015. Plans for the future management and ongoing day to day running of the Centre are being explored by the Town Council.
You can find out more about TRLRT here.
Architect’s plans have already been drawn up and planning permission has been obtained for:
• A multifunctional space for cinema, performance and exhibitions
• A stage made up of part of the old railway platform
• A small café for users of the centre and the adjoining park
• A mezzanine floor ‘viewing gallery’ providing additional exhibition space
• Up to date toilet facilities and storage
• An adjoining office and booking space
• Adaptation of an abutting single story building to house the boiler and wash facilities for a weekly local produce market
• Sophisticated sound and light and projection systems for performance, cinema projection and ‘live streaming’
• Removable partitions to create more intimate spaces
• Siting of GWR railway carriages behind the centre to house workshops and studio space.