£3m pledge to BBC's 'Restoration'
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."