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Public consultation opens on future of historic Bell Foundry building in Whitechapel

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 May 2018

Staff from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and members of the public ringing bells on the day the London Olympic Games were inagurated. Picture: Isabel Infantes

Staff from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and members of the public ringing bells on the day the London Olympic Games were inagurated. Picture: Isabel Infantes

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A consultation is opening on the future of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry site, where Big Ben and Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell were made.

The Bell Foundry moved into the Grade II listed building in Whitechapel Road in 1740, but premises were sold in 2016 after rising costs and declining demand for business made it economically unviable for the company to stay.

Raycliff, the new owners of the building, are launching a consultation later this month on their proposals for the design, layout and uses for the site.

Proposals include a restoration of the historic elements of the site, which they hope to keep open for public access. They’re also proposing for designs to incorporate the building’s history of bell founding. There are also plans for new jobs to be created with the building’s redesign.

Raycliff have been working with the Hughes family, who ran the foundry for more than 100 years, to ensure the site’s history is maintained.

To be involved in the consultation, email info@thebellfoundry.co.uk or call 0800 298 7040.

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