The Pitzhanger Manor and Walpole Park restoration programme is now entering its final phase, with completion due in summer 2017. The overall objective of the project was to “restore Soane’s architectural vision, revealing Pitzhanger Manor’s rich history, making the building more accessible and upgrade the gallery as well as improve visitor facilities to create a world-class heritage and arts attraction.”
The project began in 2008 and comprises two parts:
Artelia, in the role of Project and Cost Manager, worked closely with Ealing Council and the design team to develop a strategy and brief that has been taken forward from initial feasibility and developed into detailed cost plans, with particular attention being paid to the historical elements.
Artelia worked closely with Ealing and the design team to achieve approval for both the First and Second Stage applications. Work began with recreation of key character areas in Walpole Park, including formal gardens, water features, heritage planting and restoration listed walls, bridges and seating.
In May 2014, the Heritage Lottery Fund granted funding for the second part of the project, restoration of the Manor House and Gallery and construction of a new cafe building. Artelia will continue to work closely alongside the client in the roles of Cost Consultant and CDM Coordinator.
The project will improve accessibility and attract a wider audience to Pitzhanger Manor through the restoration and improvement of the house, gallery and museum, including the return of the original heritage rooms.
The fabric and facilities of the building will be renewed, including the reinstatement of many original heritage features, including recreating regency planting and the kitchen garden. The attractiveness of the park will be improved, as well as the exploration and interpretation of its history as an important public open space.