ISKCON Leicester wins Heritage Lottery Fund

heritage lottery fundISKCON Leicester wins Heritage Lottery Fund support to restore stained glass windows Work has started to restore the historical stained glass windows at ISKCON Leicester. We have received £37,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the exciting project in the heart of Leicester City Centre.

The stained glass windows are a significant feature of the historic building at 31 Granby Street. The grant will allow for the windows to be repaired and restored. The special project has been undertaken by stained glass artist Derek Hunt of Limelight Studios, and is forecast to be completed by the end of the March 2016.

The grade II* listed heritage property standing at the heart of Leicester, is considered a jewel of Victorian architecture. The former bank, at 31 Granby Street, Leicester has long been acknowledged as a landmark in Leicester’s Victorian architecture. The building was built in 1874 as the headquarters of the Leicestershire Banking Company by the architect Joseph Goddard. The spectacular gothic building was executed in red brick and Portland stone with an unusual corner porch and French pavilion roofs. The front to Granby Street is particularly impressive with the three tall-decorated windows.

The building is set to contribute to regeneration, engagement and a place of a multi-variety of activities to suit to needs of all people.

Commenting on the award, Jaap Alberts, ISKCON Leicester Grant Officer said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is very exciting to finally see the building being restored to its former glory, and we are confident the work will inject a new lease of life into this palatial temple, especially in this special year of ISKCON’s 50th anniversary.”

Explaining the importance of HLF support, Jonathan Platt, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said: “HLF recognises and appreciates ISKCON’s commitment to the heritage of this grade II* listed property and we are keen to work with them on this project. Thanks to National Lottery players, the HLF grant will help to rescue this significant building, conserve it for future generations and promote the sustainability of historical buildings in Leicester.”