Building Development

Leiston Abbey, Pro Corda's home, is currently undergoing some exciting building developments which will see facilities updated and upgraded throughout the 2014-2018 5 year business plan. Please return to this page at regular intervals to view progress as it happens.

Lady Chapel
The renovation is now complete and the building is in full use again.

Pro Corda is grateful to The Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and English Heritage for their part in funding the project. 

Leiston Abbey Barn Development project
The Leiston Abbey Barn Development Project has 2 phases which will result in a multi-functional 21st century performance space in an existing Grade II listed heritage barn.

Phase 1: repair and renovation to the barn. This phase included re-thatching, timber and masonry repairs and improvements to the structure. This phase is now complete and the building is back in use again.

Phase 2: refurbishment the interior of the barn to transform it into a state of the art performance and workshop space, as well as an arts education venue for the immediate local community to Leiston Abbey. Refurbishment will include sprung floor, enhanced disabled access, a new lighting system, new heating, toilet facilities, acoustic adaptations, new flexible staging together with new rehearsal and concert pianos.

Phase 2b plans include a small extension linking the barn to the existing Guesten Hall, retaining the existing heritage walls, to create a visitor café, exhibition space and interval bar at ground level. Plans have been approved by English Heritage and Suffolk County Council. Drawings for phase 2 can be accessed here.

Leiston Abbey Recording and Composition Studio
Pro Corda has opened a new recording and composition studio thanks to funding from Big Lottery Fund through Awards for All. The studio is being used on Suffolk School workshops and across all Pro Corda's courses.

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New Anglia LEP

Suffolk Community Foundation

Lottery funded

Supported by Children in Need

Arts Council England