We're cracking on! So we need a bit of a plan to get us there...

Our biggest funders are the Heritage Lottery Fund (£4.4m).  So, we have a few important deadlines to hit in order to secure the funding we need.  The timetable for building everything on site will be available in June 2017. We have to get the funding first.

September 2015

WWT submits its Round 1 bid to Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This describes the work we want to deliver to

  • celebrate Peter Scott’s life
  • deliver a fantastic experience for visitors
  • tell the story of our conservation work and how visitors can take conservation action for themselves

Our plan is for 12 new exhibits costing around £6m. We ask HLF to offer £4.1m of this, and we commit to asking other funders and our supporters for the remaining £1.6m.

February 2016

HLF likes our Round 1 proposals and confirms that it will give us funding to develop our ideas in more detail.  The Development Stage of the Project can begin.  This is the planning stage.  Nothing can be built on site until this stage is complete and HLF have approved our Round 2 bid.

April 2016

We start to pull the project team together for the Development Stage.  We have until June 2017 to:

  • consult with existing and new visitor groups
  • agree the story that each exhibit will tell and prepare exhibit briefs
  • recruit architects, heritage consultants, surveyors, landscape architects and interior designers, etc
  • understand all of the conservation implications of our proposed work
  • prepare costs for each exhibit and the project as a whole
  • write our business plans & supporting documentation

May 2016 to May 2017

The new project team prepares all the plans for each of the twelve new exhibits. We start to get with grips with building these exhibits whilst taking care not to disturb our over-wintering birds or upset our breeding birds. Winter and spring building will be tricky.

May 2017

We will be applying to GETC’s flagship fund for a May decision for a large grant towards the Living Wetland Theatre. This is the most iconic development planned as part of the project.

June 2017

We submit our Round 2 bid to HLF. This includes all the plans and documentation that we have been working on since April 2016.

We apply for Planning Permission to Stroud District Council for all buildings that form the new exhibits.

September 2017

HLF Board, having considered our Round 2 bid, agrees whether or not to give us the funding to start the main building work.

October 2017

We begin preparing the ground-works for the Living Wetland Theatre.

Early 2018

The first stage of construction works are now underway to enable the creation of the much anticipated new Living Wetland Theatre and Aviary, followed by restoration works of the original Duck Decoy and the construction of the Tundra zone.