Pailton Parish Council has taken a major step forward in its community project to Save the White Lion, a Grade II listed 18th Century coaching inn, at the heart of the village of Pailton. The formal tender process to appoint a Project Manager who will take the scheme forward from RIBA Stage 2 to project delivery has begun.
In summary this ambitious community project will provide a pub, restaurant, deli/café; overnight holiday accommodation on the upper floors. In the one-time stable block, a community shop, post office and workspace for artisan producers and makers will be provided. Front and rear gardens and outdoor space will be created to host farmers/artisans markets and a wide range of community activities.
This development phase is being funded by grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund; the Architectural Heritage Fund and parish council funds, that includes a loan from the Public Works Loan Board, specifically granted to facilitate the ‘Save the White Lion’ project.
Speaking at the launch of the tendering process, Cllr Tina Simpson who leads on this project for the parish council said, “This really is a very exciting time for the project and we look forward to working with a project manager who has a proven track record on heritage projects.”