The Lafrowda Club restoration has been listed as a key objective in the St Just Town Vision and Implementation Plan. The Grade II Listed structure on Chapel Street in St Just, was originally constructed in 1842 as The St Just Literary and Scientific Institution. The project vision is to transform the building into an Arts and Heritage centre, housing a local history archive, a town museum with commercial units available for rent to support ongoing expenses and, a community hall will be available for hire within the museum to cover any additional costs.
The project also emphasises the importance of inclusivity, focusing on accessibility measures (installing a lift and accessible toilets) and using innovative ways to showcase the town’s heritage to engage those not usually interested in history.
The Community Capacity Fund will play a crucial role in the development stage by enabling the project to engage various professionals to contribute their expertise. An architect will be used to create concept drawings to support the planning and Listed Building application, while a structural engineer will assess the building and outline a concept design. Additionally, a Services Engineer will provide recommendations for efficient heating and lighting, and a Heritage Expert will conduct an Heritage Impact Assessment. To ensure the protection of wildlife, an Ecologist will conduct a Bat and Protected Species Survey, furthermore, a Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager will produce a development, cost and business plan to RIBA Stage 3. A community Engagement event will also be planned to encourage community input.
By utilising the CCF funding for these essential works, the project will have a solid foundation to move forward and secure additional funding to bring the building back into active use, making it accessible to all and secure its place in the town’s history for future generations.