Newport City Council has successfully secured an £80,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation to help fund the Transporter Bridge transformation project.
The grant, secured from the Foundation under their ‘Heritage, Humanities, and the Arts’ programme, complements the previous £8.75m grant awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the £1.5m grant from Welsh government and the £1m capital funding that the council has also committed to the project.
Cllr Debbie Harvey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism said: “I’m delighted to announce that we have secured this grant from the Wolfson Foundation.
“We’re pleased that the Foundation recognised the cultural and historical significance of the Transporter Bridge, and that the transformation project will bring this significance to life through improved public access and engagement.”
Paul Ramsbottom, chief executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said: “the Wolfson Foundation are thrilled to be able to support this important project. We are keen to fund excellent projects across Wales and have a long track record of supporting industrial heritage.
“We hope that this project will allow future ensuring future generations to enjoy and learn about this remarkable piece of Newport’s engineering heritage.”
Work will shortly begin on the project, with the site remaining closed to visitors through while this is carried out. The bridge and new visitor centre are scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2023.
An engagement programme will offer residents the chance to be involved in the redevelopment project during the closure, and you can follow the bridge on social media (@NpTBridge) for regular updates during the project.