Plans for the future of the Courtroom
The next step – we’re looking for a partner
- The remaining un-renovated areas of the courthouse include:
- the courtroom (for a full restoration programme – read more below),
- two large meeting rooms – formally a judge’s chamber and jury room,
- the remainder of outdoor rooms
- a small central courtyard area where the original cells used to stand.
We’re looking to restore the remainder of the Courthouse and have plans to apply for a major grant to help do it.
How does it work?
We (the Gravesham Development Network and The Grand) are exploring new partnerships with a business to apply for a £1.5m Heritage Enterprise Grant.
We are interested in hearing from local businesses who might want to work with us. To access the grant, the partner’s business would be based in the Courtroom once it’s been renovated and would create local jobs and help benefit the economy.
Liz Read, The Grand’s Operational Manager explained how this might work, “We’re aiming to have the whole building fully renovated by 2021 in time to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Courthouse.
“We know there’s a long way to go, and several challenges ahead but we with the right partnership in place we believe we can create a vibrant and positive change to the building and to the community.”
If you’re interested in learning more about The Grand, the services they offer, running a pop-up event, hiring the space now or you would like to register your interest in the Heritage Enterprise Grant as a local business contact us, we’d love to hear from you.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01474 32 01 23.
Opening in 1871 the courthouse was a busy place, initially dealing with small cases, but growing over the years and establishing itself as a County Court. It closed its doors in 2006, occasionally holding inquests until 2008 when it closed permanently.
David Ansty, Chair of the CIC described the importance of the work, “A Courtroom like this is so important to care for and to use, to ensure that it’s both accessible for the community and that it has a new chapter in it’s life. There is so much potential in the building and with some tlc, a plan for it’s future and importantly some funds to make this happen we hope to see the courthouse become a thriving part of Gravesham’s community.”