Work on restoring one of Uckfield’s oldest buildings, Bridge Cottage, is estimated to cost £1,350,000.
It is hoped the lion’s share of the money will come from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with the remainder coming from the town council, which owns the building.
Uckfield and District Preservation Society leases the 15th Century property from the council and is now working on a detailed application for Heritage Lottery Funding having received a smaller grant to develop the scheme.
Town councillors were told the majority of the building was constructed in 1436 from oak timber, the extension over the shop area, designed to both restore the symmetry to the building and to provide a heritage hub, was classified for Building Regulations as a new building.
This part of Bridge Cottage must conform to the latest insulation, ventilation and fire requirements.
A report to councillors said: “Unfortunately to meet these new requirements the total capital project costs have increased from £1,214,174 to £1,352,174; an increase of nearly 12 per cent.”
The Heritage Lottery Fund has asked the council to increase its contribution by 12 per cent.
‘Most valuable building’
Town Mayor, Cllr Ian Smith, said: “These things happen and something unexpected comes along.”
Cllr Alan Whittaker said: “If we want Bridge Cottage to be improved, we have to let it go ahead. It is the most valuable building in the town and surrounding district.”
Councillors agreed the council’s contribution to the restoration project should now be no more than £280,000.
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