Exciting plans to create a major new focal point for heritage and the arts in Guildford have taken another step forward. Last night the Executive considered the latest progress and next stage in transforming our museum into a significant cultural attraction.

Lead Councillor for Leisure, Heritage and Tourism, Cllr James Steel, comments: “We are planning to transform our museum and create an inspiring new landmark destination which opens up the Castle Grounds and celebrates our heritage and the arts, and Guildford’s amazing innovation and creativity.

“Showcasing the best of our past, present and future, this important development will have a huge cultural impact and influence, which will add to Guildford’s attraction regionally, nationally and internationally, as a place to live, work, play and be creative.”

Work is continuing on this long term and complex redevelopment project, involving many partners and stakeholders. Technical input, detailed designs, and a refined scope – reducing risk and cost – will take the scheme on to the next stage. A new funding strategy which includes a National Heritage Lottery Funding bid has also been developed.

Adds Cllr Steel: “This large scale, transformational project is a great opportunity for us to deliver an exceptional cultural landmark that recognises and boosts Guildford’s status and position in our region. It will make a positive contribution to our borough encouraging inward investment and boosting our economy while reaching out to wider audiences locally, throughout the UK and beyond. I look forward to taking the further proposals to Full Council on 8 October.”

The funding strategy is subject to final approval by Full Council on 8 October 2019.