News Coverage: Target date for re-opening of St Peter’s in Sudbury set out as details of new charity partnership revealed

06 February, 2023

USL is pleased to share that our exciting regeneration project with St Peter's Cultural Venue in partnership with the CCT Regeneration Taskforce has made the Suffolk News.

The article highlights, the grand reopening of a key Sudbury landmark has been targeted for the autumn, as further details are revealed of the venue’s partnership with a local charity to enhance its community impact.  The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) confirmed that it hopes to stage a big community relaunch of St Peter’s in September, subject to the ongoing regeneration work remaining on schedule. Progress on vital repairs and improvements at the venue on Market Hill, including the addition of a mezzanine gallery and new kitchen and toilet facilities, is around 60 per cent complete.

We are pleased to share that our skilled team of specialists have been working hard onsite to make this regeneration and conservation programme come to life.

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The update comes after the CCT announced a new partnership with a Sudbury-based social enterprise, The Bridge Project, which will be responsible for managing operations at St Peter’s once activities resume.

Whereas the site had been run on a voluntary basis, this collaboration will see the charity employ a new operations manager, as well as a learning and participation officer, to facilitate opportunities for schools and other groups.

It is also intended that The Bridge Project, which provides support services for disadvantaged adults in the Sudbury area, will host activities for its regular users at the venue, including a group for people with dementia. Learn more about The Bridge Project.



More about St Peter's Cultural Venue

This exciting Grade I listed building dating back to the 14th century, operates as a vibrant arts & heritage venue situated on Market Hill in the bustling centre of Sudbury, Suffolk.

In 1971, St Peter's Church was closed for public worship as declared redundant and subsequently transformed into a cultural and community venue vested into the care of The Churches Conservation Trust.

The regeneration of St Peter’s is an ambitious project that will repair and rejuvenate the building as a cultural and community centre for the town. The project will deliver a range of physical improvements and repairs, and will also offer a wider programme of heritage and cultural activities, and will create staff posts to professionally manage the operation of the building.

The programme of works includes much-needed repairs to the roof, the development of a new kitchen area, improved storage, a new heritage interpretation offer, a mezzanine floor, and new toilet facilities.