Our building was designed by the great Victorian architect, Joseph Goddard. This roof restoration project will achieve the following: • Community Services: our center attracts almost 30,000 people annually from very diverse backgrounds. We are planning to expand as a hub for business, cultural and social events and by doing so we are liberating this unique building for community use. • Heritage: By repairing the roof we will be able to preserve the heritage value of this building. It will also give us the opportunity to showcase the invaluable works of Joseph Goddard to the public. Having consulted with the local community, Heritage Open Days, the local Civic and Victorian Societies, Historic England and other stakeholders, it is evident that there is real interest in the project • Environmental: as part of our contribution to the environment, Photovoltaic glass will be replacing the old roof glass, generating electricity that will sustain the entire building with green energy.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Our building was designed by the great Victorian architect, Joseph Goddard who also designed many of the most iconic buildings in Leicester around 150 years ago. This project will essentially help us to preserve an iconic piece of Victorian heritage in an environmentally friendly manner and further develop a social welfare cause. Social welfare is at the heart of what we do. Our centre attracts almost 30,000 people per year from all social, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. Our core activities have positively impacted many lives over the years and there is great interest in our heritage building and activities. Our project will set a unique example to others for promoting a cause that combines real social welfare work, preserving heritage and looking after the environment. This is a unique opportunity to contribute towards the lives of many for generations and preserving history.
Steps to get it done:
This upcoming vibrant community hub will be the place for business seminars, food festivals like the in Leicester very popular Vegetarian & Vegan celebrations, acoustic music concerts, indoor markets and a wide range of different 'pop up' events. Leicester College is already planning to hold their end of term Photo-Exhibition Tour in the building from mid April on wards and is eager to organize the same for their fashion department. The architectural students of Loughborough University wanting to have their exhibition take central stage, in what is one of the most iconic Victorian designs around. The building is unique in design, size, stature and would be that special place to hold your wedding ceremony or any other social event for that matter.
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Last night, just before the deadline, Friends of Goddard reached their target of £112,536! We would like to thank all who have pledged to this project, supported the campaign in any of the many activities and all of our well wishers. Warm regards and gratitude from the Friends of Goddard, Leicester.
Today Iskcon Leicester celebrated their annual Rathayatra or Festival of the Chariots at Cossington Park in Leicester. This festival is the biggest of its kind outside India, where it has its origins. Iskcon Leicester had a stand with information on the Roof Appeal and collected pledges and donations from the visitors. Tonight it pledged a whopping £10.000 towards the campaign! Many thanks for this kind of support. We are almost there now, target - and time wise. One more day to go!!! If you are thinking of supporting this incredible cause, act now! You have until midnight tomorrow....
We like to thank Leicester City Mayor for the £2.000 pledge received this morning. Great support for this Roof Project. Together with the other pledges received recently, the campaign jumped up to 80% funded, with 3 days to go! Thank you all for your support. Anyone considering this Roof Appeal project, pledge now!
Friends of Goddard's Roof Appeal received £10.000 this morning from Iskcon Leicester in support of our campaign. This donation represents funds received by Iskcon Leicester in regards to the roof restoration, by members of the public who for one reason or another are not able to make a donation through the Spacehive website. We would like to thank of all of you out there for your support, it is greatly appreciated. For those people wanting to make a donation in cash or by cheque, please contact Friends of Goddard and we are more then happy to lead through that process.
Friends of Goddard has an informal presentation this morning with members of the 'University of the Third Age/Architectural Group'. The topic was the Leicestershire Banking Company building, its architect Joseph Goddard, the original drawing books of the building itself and Goddard's former residence 'Knighton Spinney' and last but not least the future plans of the building. It was a friendly and interesting couple of hours and the members attending donated £55 towards the Friends of Goddard's Roof Appeal. Thank you so much for this, its very much appreciated! Hopefully we meet again during the Heritage Open Days in September.