Exmoor National Park bidding for Heritage Lottery funding to “add value” to £1 million visitor centre scheme.

EXMOOR National Park Authority is bidding for a £250,000 grant to help make the redevelopment of Lynmouth Pavilion even better.

The authority has been given an £23,500 initial from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help progress its plans for a full grant to create a new £1 million visitor centre on the seafront site.

The 1930s building is scheduled for demolition later this year, with a new purpose built visitor and information centre in the same style set to replace it ready for opening in the spring of 2013.

Funding has already come from Devon County Council’s Invest in Devon Fund (money from the sale of Exeter Airport) secured by local County Councillor Andrea Davis, with the rest being met by the national park.

“We are now seeking further funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund that will enable us to add value to the interpretation of the unique heritage of the area and work with the community and a range of partners,” said Ben Totterdell, interpretation manager at the national park.

“This will ensure the Pavilion reaches its potential as an exciting, world-class centre for learning and exploration that will inspire people about Lynton and Lynmouth and the wider Exmoor National Park area.”

The condition of the original building means it will have to be demolished but the new, sustainable building in the same design will incorporate original elements including the steel roof structure and decorative steel balcony brackets.