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ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS £10.2m for four heritage projects

Four UK projects – including the major redevelopment of Colchester Castle Museum, Essex – are to receive a share of £10.2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Colchester Castle Museum

has been awarded £3.2m towards the transformation of the historic attraction into a high-quality exhibition space, which will feature recent archaeological discoveries. Elsewhere, the Nomadic

Trust has also been handed a £3.2m grant, which will be used for the restoration of the last remaining White Star vessel – SS Nomadic – in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Other confi rmed awards by the HLF include

Colchester Castle Museum has secured £3.2m towards a redevelopment Lytham Hall in Lytham St Anne’s is the fi nal

a £1.4m grant towards the development for a new permanent exhibition exploring the life of British composer Benjamin Britten at T e Red House in Aldeburgh, Suff olk.

recipient of a confi rmed grant, with £2.4m to fund restoration work to remove the building from English Heritage’s ‘at risk’ register. T e HLF also announced that initial support

has been awarded to other projects, including a Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre.

O2 rooftop walkway proposals approved

London’s O2 Arena has been given the green light to pro- ceed with proposals for a rooſt op walkway across the landmark venue. Designed by Rogers Stirk

Harbour + Partners, the temporary walkway is to be suspended from the O2 Arena’s yellow masts and will be able to accommodate 90 people at a time. Visitors will walk to a cen-

tral viewing platform from a station at the arena entrance, with the walk to be 190m (623ft) in length and 60m (197ſt ) above the ground at its highest point. Greenwich Council has approved the plans,

T e walkway will take visitors to a central viewing platform on the roof AEG Europe’s Alistair Wood said: “T e prin-

which were drawn up by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to a brief that did not “overwhelm or detract” from the venue itself.

ciple embodies our desire to create a daytime and evening experience that will appeal not only to existing visitors to T e O2, but also attract further visitors from across London.

Jeremy Reed named new CEO of BALPPA

T e British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) has named Jeremy Reed as its new chief executive. Reed – currently visitor operations director

for English Heritage’s North of England region – will take up the role in early September.

© CYBERTREK 2011 At English Heritage, he has been responsible

for the overall management of 121 properties in the agency’s portfolio in Yorkshire, the North East and North West. Prior to his time with English Heritage, Reed worked with business contract caterer Aramark.

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