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12:04am 8th June 2014

Plans to breathe new life into an "at risk" building from the 1800's in Bridport, have taken a step forward.

The grade 2 listed Scientific Institute once trained young working men, before becoming a school for art, and then a public library after the Second World War.

It's been empty since 1993.

In 2010 the Bridport Area Development Trust took on the challenge of raising the money to restore the building and bring it back into the community use. They want to restore and open it up as a multi-use space, with offices for local businesses, training areas and a cafe.

Fundraisers say they've nearly raised enough money to "bring it back" and have applied for lottery funding to try and get the last £20,000 they need to make up their final total.

"It's always been there and been preserved for the local community, it's been about the development of Bridport, supporting people and helping local businesses to grow and build.

I just think it's really important that we don't lose that."

The Science Institute will find out in September if their bid for Heritage Lottery Funding has been successful.

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