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Restoring an iconic Lincolnshire landmark to ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR COMMUNITY 


At the heart of the heritage project is the re-use of the building to benefit people, particularly the local community.


The project aims to deliver a facility and activities that will enhance people's well being, and improve the quality of life in the town of Spilsby and surrounding areas 

The report "Promoting the vitality and viability of Spilsby" produced for East Lindsey Distrct Council by the Institute of Place Management states:


".....there is a real opportunity offered by the Sessions House..... Such a development could make a significant contribution to the identity of the town, to diversifying the offer, and become a major attraction for the town that would have widespread appeal. If the ideas are realised it would go some way to engaging young people as well as serving the wider community".


It has been estimated that the project would deliver significant economic benefits for the local area including increased visitor spending of more than half million per year. The completed project would provide the local community and visiting public with an outstanding cultural facility.

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A viability study, including an options appraisal of re-use of the building, was completed in 2018. Following a subsequent review and having received advice from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other heritage sector experts, the project is now being phased.


Working with professional consultants, a full phasing study and additional preparatory development work has been completed.


This essential work has been funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Theatres Trust.



PHASE ONE (Development)

  • Building purchase - Completed

  • Temporary repairs - Funding Application in progress

  • Planning permission

  • Recruit Project Manager

  • Procure Architectural Team

  • Appoint Activities Team (including Programme Manager & Consultant Heritage Interpreter)

  • Further public consultation and detailed phase one delivery planning

  • Launch fundraising campaign

PHASE ONE (Delivery)

  • All roof works on site

  • Meanwhile use; semi-operational venue

  • Operate project based heritage/arts activities

  • Open up site/venue to public


  • Fully operational venue

  • Main space fit out - live events and cinema

  • Prison cells refurbished - heritage exhibition space

  • New cafe/bar/gallery foyer area

  • West side 1st floor offices

  • New toilets behind cells

  • West side works - All utilities, heating etc


  • Additional facilities and heritage preservation

  • East side - Function room

  • East side - Additional toilets and backstage facilities

  • East side - 1st floor offices

  • Works to frontage and forecourt

We are currently working on funding Phase One (Development) and estimate this first stage could be complete in 2022. 


PHASE ONE (Development) £366,000

PHASE ONE (Delivery) £921,000K

PHASE TWO (capital works only) £1,760,000

PHASE THREE (capital works) £706,000

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building history&


Essential research for the restoration project has provided detailed information about the building including:

  • Historical information and chronology

  • Study of heritage significance

  • Architectural drawings

  • Structural survey 

  • Conditions survey

This work, undertaken by Tim Ronalds Architects and Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd, was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund. Click on the button below to view the work.

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