Our future plans
In 2016 we completed the third stage of our project to bring our remarkable series of Grade II listed buildings back into productive, community use. We are now turning our attention to the fourth and final phase: restoring the former Keld School.
The Keld School building was opened in 1842, and served as the village school until its closure in 1973. After that it became a bunkhouse, used by visitors from all over the country. Since 2001, the school has been out of use, and is slowly deteriorating. We now want to build on our success with the Manse and Literary Institute by stabilising and restoring the school building, and to put it to productive use.
We have commissioned Overtons Architects, who worked with us on the refurbishment of the Upper Room, to draw up initial concepts for the old school building. Our plan is to develop the building in phases as resources become available. Initially we must stabilise it and will create a boot-friendly refuge, a multipurpose space which will enhance the experience of visitors to Keld and provide an additional breakout space for those using our Upper Room conference facility. Later we will provide residential accommodation for a project worker or volunteers.
Howerver - we are open to further suggestions and ideas. Please do send us your thoughts.