Funding sought for regeneration plan

A 3D model of the layout for the Heart of Sleaford project. EMN-150331-114907001

A 3D model of the layout for the Heart of Sleaford project. EMN-150331-114907001

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A project to regenerate part of Sleaford town centre is taking shape with construction possibly starting next spring.

The Heart of Sleaford project aims to create a new public right of way between Money’s Yard and the Market Place.

It represents a partnership between North Kesteven District Council, the owners of the Corn Exchange and Bristol Arcade, the Lincolnshire Community Foundation and Karaolides Szynalska Architects.

It would see a new bridge created over the River Slea.

Progress on the project was recently discussed at the Sleaford Regeneration Group when a model was unveiled.

Karolina Szynalska, of Karaolides Szynalska Architects, told The Standard: “In our view, the Heart of Sleaford project has great potential. At its core is the unexpected, subterranean 19th century Butter Market with brick vaulted ceilings. Its roof will become a public square providing access to the surrounding facilities. We are excited to be part of this venture.”

The partnership is currently concentrating on securing funding for the project. It is to be broken down into five or six achievable schemes to seek appropriate funding.

James Murphy, of Lincolnshire Community Foundation, said: “As the message gets out there, hopefully more and more of the private sector will be wanting to invest.”

He hopes to be making bids by September, envisaging being ready to get started on site by next spring.