Triodos Bank has part-funded the £6.3m extension at the music venue St George’s Bristol.
The facility was combined with finance from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Bristol City Council, other charitable trusts, plus major and individual donors.
St George’s Bristol — a registered charity — has initiated construction plans as part of the ‘Building a Sound Future’ project to create a two-storey modern extension to the existing building.
It will include space for artists, students, daytime visitors and evening audiences, and will be available for corporate or private hire.
Suzanne Rolt, chief executive at St George’s Bristol, said: “Triodos stepped in to help St George’s Bristol at a critical time, providing the loan that enabled us to bridge our funding gap and secure plans to transform the organisation through an ambitious capital project.
“Triodos staff understood the challenges we were facing and supported our vision of ‘Building a Sound Future’; they’ve never been anything less that totally engaged and always there to provide friendly and well-informed advice.
“From that initial meeting, we now have a professional and mutually beneficial relationship that continues to offer new opportunities for us to work together for the good of our community and for culture in the city.”
Oliver Baxter, relationship manager at Triodos Bank, added: “Not only is St George’s Bristol a neighbour to us at our UK headquarters in Bristol, but it also is closely aligned with our mission and values as a bank.
“The new extension gives the organisation an opportunity to reach even more people with its programme of music and talks.
“We lend solely to organisations that promote positive change for people or the planet, and St George’s is a great example of this.
“Arts and culture can help overcome societal issues and support communities to unite and flourish, which is why we lend to this sector.”
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