Accountants Secure Pounds 1.5m Lottery Cash to Transform Church into Training and Arts Centre

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DELOITTE & Touche has helped secure a pounds 1.5m Heritage Lottery grant to transform a historic Cardiff church into a training and performance centre for the commun i t y.

The Cardiff office of the accountancy and professional services group assisted the Gate Trust charity in securing funds to convert the disused Grade II listed Plasnewydd Presbyterian Church in Roath into an arts centre.

The centre, to be known as The Gate, will also host top-level performances and presentations by established professional artists.

The project is chaired by lawyer John Loosemore, who has been involved in several community-based projects in Cardiff, including Action in the Community Trust and the Speak Easy Debt Advice Centre in nearby Arabella Street.

``Plasnewydd is a densely populated, inner-city suburb with huge potential for regeneration,'' said Mr Loosemore.

``When Plasnewydd Church became available, we decided it would be the ideal venue for a training centre to help local people realise and develop their talents.

``The centre will offer a wide range of training in drama, creative writing, music, dance and the graphic arts and will be open to all irrespective of qualifications. …