Preparations are underway for a £1.2 million project to reconfigure, extend and enhance the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford.

Lindum Group started on site on Monday, June 29. Fencing has been set up around the perimeter of the building and other preparations are being made ready for its transformation.

The programme is anticipated to follow the scope initially set out, with completion now scheduled for May 2021. It will result in an extended café, more ground floor studio and exhibition space, more outdoor seating and will also generally open up the building to make it more accessible.

Council Leader Cllr Richard Wright said: “After a period of unavoidable delay it is great to see work commence on this landmark project, acting as something of a beacon of hope and a sign of the emerging recovery.

“The Council’s commitment to growth and renewal of not just the economy but also our cultural, environmental and heritage assets is shown through our investment in this and many other projects, signalling our future-focus for the District.

“As soon as we are able to, we will be opening the NCCD to the public in a manner that ensures their own and the staff’s safety in accordance with latest measures and guidelines.

“Until that point and ongoing, the staff at the NCCD are doing a brilliant job a maintaining a high level of engagement by offering workshops and activities remotely via the website and Facebook.”