Boost for Pitzhanger Manor House regeneration plans

Mon 28 May 2012, 9:03 am

Ealing Council has been awarded 275,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help restore Pitzhanger Manor House and grounds.

The council is bidding for a total of £3.8 million to support the restoration of the historic manor house and has been successful at the first round.

Architects and designers will now work with the council and the local community to draw up detailed plans for how the house could look once work is completed.  

The council has already committed £2.8 million to improve the manor house and will find out next year whether it has been successful at the second bidding round.

Julian Bell, leader of the council, said: “Pitzhanger is recognised by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building, which is an honour only given to three per cent of buildings in the country.

“This project is going to be very exciting and will complement the work already taking place in Walpole Park, also funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund [HLF], combining our efforts to restore the rich history and heritage of the house.

“We want the manor house not only to be of cultural importance, but to also be a real community asset that benefits everyone.”

The council’s plans include the reinstatement of many of the features of Sir John Soane’s original house, which he completed in 1804.

Sue Bowers, head of HLF London, said: “Pitzhanger Manor House is an impressive example of Sir John Soane’s artistic flare and an important cultural site in the heart of Ealing.

“The Heritage Lottery Fund’s initial support will help Ealing Council progress these exciting restoration plans that will dramatically improve the house and its visitor offer – complementing the HLF supported works currently taking place in Walpole Park.

“We are looking forward to working with the council and seeing this project develop over the coming months.”

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