REFURBISHMENT OF THE ANSTICE
After community consultation throughout 2015, it was decided that the building should be sensitively modernised as a community facility. It was decided to bid for a Heritage Lottery fund grant to cover the costs of refurbishment.
PCP Architects from Birmingham were appointed in November 2015 to carry out an Options Appraisal in preparation for a Lottery bid.
Consultation on the Option Appraisal took place during 2016 involved representatives from ACT and the Town Council as well as from local agencies. It was at this stage that the closure of the existing library was announced and the suggestion that it could be moved into the Anstice as a community run facility.
The chosen option involved restoration of the upstairs ballroom, together with a fully refurbished ground floor providing space for a library with a First Point (help-desk) reception, a fully adaptable flexible learning space, two retail units and toilets/cloak room. During 2017, two bids were submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund that were unsuccessful.
In February 2018, it was decided to develop a more modest scheme that could be funded from local sources. Telford & Wrekin Council offered to prepare the scheme on behalf of ACT and the Town Council. The key was to maximise the use of the building to ensure a steady income stream for ACT to cover its running costs. The ultimate goal was to bring as much of the building back to life as possible and have it in regular use.
The planning application submitted in June 2018 was for the adaptation of the ground floor of the Anstice Memorial Institute for use as a library, community rooms, flat, cafe and retail units, and provide an accessible entrance and lift to the first floor. This would entail internal alterations, new shop frontages to the rear and side, and a modest two-storey lift extension to the rear.
In February 2019, after a competitive tendering process, Madeley Town Council awarded the £1.2 million contract to Shropshire Building Contractors company Pave Aways Limited. See HERE for all funding to date.
Work started in March 2019 and was completed by February 2020.
The building is now managed by Anstice Community Trust – to contact the Anstice please ring 01952 567 230.