Shire Hall

Restoration of a Grade 1 listed building in Dorchester to create a visitor attraction.

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Project Status - Completed

  • Start Date: 01/06/2017
  • End Date: 30/04/2018 
  • Local Growth Fund allocation: £56,250
  • Awarded to: West Dorset District Council (now Dorset Council)

Project Summary:

Local Growth Funding was awarded to West Dorset District Council who brought a disused listed building back into sustainable and productive economic use. The Shire Hall project has improved the accessibility to all of the whole building.


  • 2 apartments for rent
  • Exhibition & law courts refurbished
  • Café & shop                  


  • 5 new jobs
  • 1 apprentice per annum
  • 50 volunteer positions
  • 32k visitors per annum
  • 2 business starts


View the End of Project report here.


Contact Details:

General Enquiries - Shire Hall
Tel: 01305 261849

Shire Hall