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Sights set high for Brighton church restoration
5:50pm Wednesday 30th January 2013 in News
A vicar has revealed his hopes to install a viewing platform atop a city centre bell tower.
Brighton’s St Peter’s Church vicar Archie Coates outlined his vision for his pre-Victorian Gothic Revival church after further funding was confirmed for restoration work this week.
The Brighton centre church has received £71,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for work on urgent masonry repairs to the upper part of the tower of this Grade II* listed church.
The money will allow exploratory work to be carried out on the church’s tower.
Rev Coates said: “It’s going to cost a huge amount of money.
“The previous grant has allowed us to open up the whole of the inside and we are now able to hold meetings in the hall part of the church but it will be much more challenging fundraising in the current climate.
“Previously we really needed all the space we could so we had to make repairs to the hall but it would be amazing to get the whole of it opened up.
“To eventually open up the bell tower to the public and have a viewing platform, it would be wonderful to do that one day.”
Renew lead roof
The cash will also be used to repair and rebuild the south-east and south- west pinnacles and renew the lead roof.
The church previously received about £200,000 which they matched with £150,000 of their own funding to carry out repairs to make the church’s main hall watertight.
The main structural problems for the city centre building, which was designed by House of Commons architect Charles Barry, is that it is built with Portland stone clad on to iron rods which, when they freeze, expand and split the stone around it.
Salt in sea air is also causing one end of the church to weather at a much quicker rate than the other end.
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