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Fresh hope for Castle House

SUPPORTERS OF Bridgewater's historic 'Concrete Castle' have vowed to continue their campaign for its rehabilitation after it. failed to win its heat of the BBC's Restoration programme.

Castle House was beaten into second place by the 17th Century Sherbourne House in Dorset last Sunday.

As a result it lost all but the smallest chance of receiving any restoration funds from viewers' telephone votes.

The house is considered to be a landmark in the development of precast concrete (NCE 22 July).

This week the building's owner, the SAVE trust, will meet with trustees of the Strummerville Foundation to discuss ways of raising the £500,000 restoration cash.

Strummerville was set up in memory of former Clash guitarist Joe Strummer who died in December 2002 after living for many years in Bridgewater.

Strummerville campaigned vigorously for Castle House during the Restoration saga, and hopes to restore the 19th Century building and fit it out as recording studios and rehearsal space.

The Foundation is dedicated to encouraging new music by providing a network of free facilities for young people unable to afford commercial studios.

'We believe Strummerville will be able to raise the funding, ' a spokesman for SAVE told NCE.

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