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£3m pledge to BBC's 'Restoration'

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The Heritage Lottery Fund has pledged £3m towards restoring the building that wins BBC Two's Restoration series.

The series, presented by Griff Rhys Jones, offers viewers the chance to restore one of thirty ruins. Ten buildings selected by public vote, each from a particular geographical area, will go through to a final show to be broadcast live from the Tower of London on BBC Two. The winning building will then be selected by a nationwide vote, and subsequently restored by money raised during the series - with the caveat that the building must meet charitable criteria on matters such as public access.

Nikki Cheetham, Managing Director of Endemol UK Productions, comments: "We are extremely grateful to The Heritage Lottery Fund for this invaluable support.

"Restoring buildings like these can help breathe new life into communities and have a tangible effect on people's lives.

"Already Restoration is making a difference all over the country by significantly raising the profile of each one of the buildings featured and calling the public to action."

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