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The Friends have applied to Manchester City Council for an asset transfer to take over responsibility for the restoration of the house. They have registered under the government sponsored Locality Programme, ‘My Community Rights’ and have successfully applied for a £10K Pre-Feasibility Grant to carry out preparatory work which includes a survey of the house and the preparation of a Business Plan for its future use.
The Friends will ensure that the restoration of Gorton House will deliver flexible facilities that are capable of generating the income and community use required to deliver long term financial sustainability, growing the reserves required to maintain a listed building. Facilities will include:
A Cafeteria and restaurant area open to the public with a designated kitchen, generating a core tenant and secure income;
A training kitchen area to accommodate groups of up to 15 available for use by local projects, colleges and agencies;
A Community Room generating hire income available for groups and functions, training and meetings
A Meeting Room with multimedia facilities designed to appeal to training providers, existing groups based in the park and wider providers across Manchester.
A flexible space that can provide training and dormitory accommodation for users of the Outdoor Centre and other activities in the park;
Two self-contained Offices, one for use by the Friends the other for a core tenant;
A Park Office and security.
The Friends have now applied for Feasibility Grant (£83K) and a Capital Grant (£500K) to the Social Investment Business (SIB) to further the preparatory work on the house. They have also started discussions and registered an initial interest enquiry with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for £1.25M to cover the main development of the house.