PLANS are in the pipeline to restore an historic building to its former glory.
The Bretby Art Pottery Showroom, in Swadlincote Road, Woodville, has been saved by The Heritage Trust, an organisation formed for the purpose of rescuing buildings at risk throughout the UK.
The Grade II-listed building was once the showroom for Bretby Art Pottery and has been unused and neglected for more than 25 years.
Michael Faulkner, one of four trustees for The Heritage Trust, said that the trust was looking at suitable uses for the derelict building.
He said: "It is quite an interesting little place and quite a significant building to the area.
"It is in a pretty poor state of repair. To get it to where we want it to be will cost roughly £500,000.
"If everything goes to plan and depending on grants, the work will be expected to be done within two years."
Now, Mr Faulkner said he was hoping to get support from members of the public to help the trust raise vital funds to breathe new life into the building.
He said: "We would like people to come forward with as many ideas as possible.
"We will be looking to start a fund-raising group and we will be planning some meetings to help generate interest."
Despite the area surrounding the building being planned for housing, Mr Faulkner said that it was 'important' to keep the essence of what the building used to be.
He said: "This is an exciting project. There are a lot of potters in South Derbyshire. There used to be quite a few buildings relating to the industry, but they have since been demolished.
"There is not a lot of history left. I would like to use the building to educate and keep the link to pottery in the area."
Anyone who wishes to get involved can email Mr Faulkner at email@example.com
Reproduced from a Burton Mail article published on the 30/05/16 which can viewed here
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