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Liskeard Library



Grade II

Project Development Grant 

£30,000 (2018)

Transformational Project Grant 

£100,000 (2019)
£50,000 (2020)


The Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) is leading a £750,000 project in Liskeard, Cornwall, to revitalise a beautiful Grade II-listed library in the town centre. Once completed, the space will be fully accessible, a multi-purpose facility that puts community need at its heart. Central to the vision is providing a library and learning space suited to the 21st century, as well as meeting and co-working spaces for creative businesses and social entrepreneurs, and events and cultural spaces that will drive footfall and maximise use of the building throughout the day.

Built in 1896, the Flemish Renaissance building was originally financed in part through community subscriptions, and the library has remained an important community resource ever since. Now RIO is leading on reimagining this town centre institution so as to broaden its use. The reimagination will be focusing on delivering a sustainable, accessible and inclusive gateway to learning and experiencing all that Liskeard can offer.

In 2018, RIO was awarded project development funding to support the development of architects’ plans, which were drawn up by a local team experienced in conserving historic properties. The planned reconfiguration and thoughtful opening up of internal spaces and strong community engagement helped secure the Library a first-round Transformational Capital Grant in 2019, and a follow-on Grant Increase in March 2020, together amounting to £150,000 towards capital redevelopment costs.

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