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Bath Spa Project

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) original budget was and (b) current expected outturn is for the Bath Spa project; what proportion of the budget has been provided from Millennium Commission funding; what assessment she has made of the cost-effectiveness of the use of public funds on the project; who will be responsible for meeting any budget overspend; and if she will make a statement. (124116)

I have been asked to reply.

The Millennium Commission (now succeeded by the Big Lottery Fund) awarded a grant of £6,778, 884 in November 1997 for the Bath Spa project, which had an original budget of £13,557,768. In April 1999, budgeted costs rose to £18, 250,000, and the Millennium Commission grant was increased by £1 million to £7,778,884. The final grant payment was released at the end of 2006, with the cost of the main project (as at August 2006) rising to £33,339,955.

The Big Lottery Fund is very pleased with the completed Revitalising Bath Spa project which is as a wonderful addition to Bath's architecture and one which provides an excellent new facility.