Project Update


The Bridport Area Development Trust (BADT) is pleased to announce that the restoration of the Literary and Scientific Institute (LSI) building at 51 East Street will be substantially complete by Christmas. Following the opening of the pavement to the public last week, the contractor reinstated the roadway on Sunday 17th December permitting the resumption of normal traffic and parking in East Street. There will remain some external work to complete in the New Year whilst the Trust embarks on the fitting out of public spaces ready for opening and business in February.

The Bridport Area Development Trust – a group of local volunteers – has been working for many years to restore this much-loved building at the heart of our town and to bring it back into community use, after a period of neglect since 1997.

The Trust is extremely grateful to the town and, in particular, to our neighbours for their patience and we regret the inconvenience they have borne while we bring this valuable building back to life for the benefit of the community.

First occupants

In the meantime, we are delighted to welcome to the building as our first occupants, located on the first and mezzanine floors. An established Bridport business, as well as being the UK’s leading crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder helps projects to raise the funds that they need by connecting them with their communities. Their expertise in making ideas happen makes them an ideal partner for the LSI, enhancing its aspiration to support economic growth in the town.

Local creativity

Local artists, craftspeople and other specialists have collaborated with us to produce some of the furniture and displays in the building, and we look forward to engaging with the town on future initiatives.

What the LSI will offer

The website is being updated, and the current version has recent photos of progress in the building as well as a description of the facilities that will be on offer. There will be ten hotdesks for hire in the Workhub, which is in a lovely skylit room accessed across a bridge over the glass-covered courtyard. The desks and chairs are ergonomically designed, and hirers will have access to lockable storage and a high quality copier, which prints, scans and faxes.

We have already had some enquiries about these workstations and will be providing information on the tariffs very soon.

There will be a training room and a meeting room, both with 65” interactive screens, teleconferencing facilities, AV equipment and high speed broadband. The larger room seats up to 30 people and will be suitable for training, workshops and presentations. The smaller room is for 10 people and will be useful for all types of meetings. The rooms will be interconnected, so that the smaller room can serve as a break-out space, and catering will be provided by our café.

There will be a café, which will be open to the public as well as the business users, and a lovely glass-covered courtyard.

For further information, please contact Michele Morgan at