The town council bought Lansdown Hall in 2010 to save it from closure. It is run by a charitable trust and provides a community space for the town.
Last year major improvements were completed and now more are on the cards.
A £45,000 grant from Biffa has paid for air-to-water heating pumps which will transform the efficiency of the central heating system, more new radiators, extra insulation and other energy-conserving measures. It also paid for a new draught-proof glass entrance lobby in the popular ground floor gallery, in response to public feedback, saving even more energy.
Gloucestershire Environmental Trust (GET) has awarded £30,000 towards extensive repairs to the roof, the gutter and downpipe system, windows and badly-damaged stonework.
This is in addition to £30,000 awarded from GET for the works to the gallery in 2011-12. The grants by Gloucestershire Environmental Trust (GET) are paid out of Landfill Tax contributions donated by Cory Environmental.
Garfield Weston Foundation awarded Lansdown Hall £30,000. Along with some funds from Biffa and the town council, this will pay for a new equipment store/green room and some back stage improvements. Work is due to start on this later this autumn and be completed by Spring next year.
The pedestrian entrance to Bank Gardens from the High Street has undergone a major refit. The badly eroded old stone piers have been renovated using a lot of newly carved limestone, the entrance has been widened and the pathway into the gardens leading up to Lansdown Hall’s entrance levelled so it is now accessible for all.
Town councillor Steve Hurrell, chair of the Lansdown Hall Working Group, said: “These recent grants have already begun to make a huge difference to the condition of the hall, which will really benefit its users and will help us make the Hall and Gallery a community venue worthy of Stroud.”
To find out more about what’s on and how to book the hall facilities, see www.lansdownhall.org