Cornerstone project has 90 per cent of funding in place

Loren Smith performs at the Square Chapel Centre for the Arts open evening for its Cornerstone Project.

Loren Smith performs at the Square Chapel Centre for the Arts open evening for its Cornerstone Project.

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Ninety per cent of the funding for the Cornerstone Project at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts is now in place.

Friends, volunteers, staff, board members and the general public all attended the fantastic Cornerstone Open Evening where the good news was announced.

It was a chance to update people on the progress of the project which will extend Square Chapel and increase its relationship to the neighbouring Piece Hall - also set for renovation.

The event included performances by young musicians already involved with Square Chapel and Orangebox, such as Loren Smith, as well as esteemed classical violinist Martyn Jackson.

The news was revealed by Robin Sutcliffe, Square Chapel trustee and chairman of the fundraising action group, that 90 per cent of the overall fundraising target (£5.9m) has been reached, leaving only £550,000 left to raise.

As well as hosting several fundraising events, including an evening of French music, Square Chapel staff members announced they would be climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, Ireland and Wales in under 24 hours to raise money for the new building.

A spokesperson said community support has been crucial to the fundraising success: “The support Square Chapel has received from the community and supporters in particular has been overwhelming – from simply donating, to making, baking and selling things, to giving talks and hosting fundraisers.”

Martin West, chairman of the Square Chapel Board of Trustees, said that work will be starting on the site in January 2015 to coincide with the redevelopment of the Piece Hall and the new Central Library building.