Plans to rejuvenate the Globe Hotel in Great Torrington received a fresh boost this week with the announcement of almost £63K in funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund. The money is for the partnership project between Great Torrington Town and Torridge District Councils, Petroc and the Plough Arts Centre with a goal of creating a working training hotel offering the South West’s first degree-level apprenticeship courses in Tourism and Hospitality and the first ever degree level course in Torridge. But the ambitions for the Grade II listed building don’t stop there, with the wider masterplan highlighting shared workspaces, food outlets, and a community and cultural venue for activities in partnership with the Plough. The plan, which is supported by partners including Great Torrington School and RHS Rosemoor, will be underpinned by an innovative community ownership through a share issue to fund the acquisition.
The grant will be used to scope and draw up a more detailed Business Plan, explore possibilities for the building itself and to facilitate the community acquisition process. Key messages from recent consultations showed strong support from the community to bringing the Globe out from hibernation, to be owned and run for the benefit of the community and establishing it as a focal point in the Town and local economy.
15 new permanent, full time local jobs will be created as the project progresses with seven of these being high skilled. The build will also generate opportunities for local firms and trades as part of the capital works to alter the interior and shape the 460 square feet of workspace, and spaces set aside for the food, drink and entertainment offerings.
Mayor of Great Torrington, Councillor Keeley Allin, said: “It’s such exciting news to hear of the award of the Architectural Heritage Fund grant. This funding will have a really positive impact on the local community by restoring and revitalising an important and historic building in the heart of our town.”
Torridge District Councillor and Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin said: “It’s really refreshing to be able to bring some good news for the local community at a time when the economy generally is going through such tough times. We are very grateful to The Architectural Heritage Fund for supporting the project group’s vision for what I have no doubt will be a great flagship development and economic growth driver for the area and a great venue for everyone to use.”
Project organisers are still keen to hear from people who want to get involved in the project or have views on how it should proceed and a consultation webpage has been set up on Torridge District Council’s website under “consultations” on their front page, or via this link https://tinyurl.com/yy3gb2ng