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Funding approved for Jestico + Whiles' revamp of Pitzhanger manor

John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor House has secured a £4.42m Heritage Lottery Fund grant enabling the grade I-listed landmark to be completely restored

In March Ealing Council approved a scheme led by Jestico + Whiles to transform the late architect’s weekend home and the surrounding 12-hectare Walpole Park.

As well as restoring the property, the HLF funding will be used to upgrade the 1939 art gallery extension, build a new café in the walled garden, and improve visitor facilities.

The project, which is being led by Ealing Council in partnership with Pitzhanger Manor Trust, will also involve unveiling areas such as the north side of the building and the west elevation of Soane’s Eating Room – currently hidden by unsympathetic later additions.

Rooms that are used as offices and currently closed off will also be opened up to the public, while the park -  the former grounds of Soane’s home in which he used to stroll and go fishing with his friend  the artist J.M.W Turner - is expected to be fully restored by the end of Summer 2014.

Inside the house a new, permanent exhibition will also tell the story of Soane, his architectural style, rise to fame and his greatest buildings during his  ten years at Pitzhanger Manor (1800-1810).

Jestico + Whiles will work closely with heritage experts Julian Harrap Architects LLP and Sarah Couch Historic Landscapes together with landscape architect J&L Gibbons and exhibition designers Ralph Appelbaum Associates on the project.

Engineers Ellis & Moore and environmental specialists King Shaw Associates complete the team.

‘Having been originally appointed in 2009, it is extremely pleasing to have secured further funding to continue the restoration of Pitzhanger Manor’s rich history,’ Jestico + Whiles’ director, Heinz Richardson, said. ‘The expert team has worked together closely on a design that will sensitively restore and reveal Soane’s masterpiece whilst introducing contemporary design into the refurbished gallery and new café, ensuring its future as a world-class manor house and cultural venue for West London.’

Sherard Cowper-Coles, chair of the Pitzhanger Manor Trust added: ‘With the plans on the table and the support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, I am certain that when the Manor, Gallery and new café/event space re-open in 2018 we will be delivering not only a local but a world class attraction that will take its rightful place in England’s cultural heritage.’

However, he added about £2million still needed to be raised to reach the £11m target for the planned restoration and rebuilding of the Manor and Gallery.

Previous story (AJ 06.03.14)

Jestico + Whiles wins go-ahead to revamp Soane’s Pitzhanger manor

Ealing Council has approved a scheme by Jestico + Whiles and conservation architects Julian Harrap Architects to transform John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor House and the surrounding 12-hectare Walpole Park

The grade I-listed 1768 manor will be fully restored with the 1939 library building converted into a gallery. A new café will be built in Soane’s original kitchen garden.

The project, which is also being worked on by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, landscape architect J & L Gibbons and engineers Ellis & Moore and King Shaw, has support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). A full grant application is expected to be determined later this year.

The park scheme has been separately funded by HLF Parks for People and will be completed this summer.

Jestico + Whiles’ director Heinz Richardson said: ‘The expert team has worked together closely on a design that will sensitively restore and reveal Soane’s masterpiece, ensuring its future as a world-class museum and cultural venue for West London.’


The architect’s view

‘Pitzhanger Manor was originally built in 1768 by Soane’s former employer, George Dance the Younger. Soane purchased the 28-acre estate in 1800 and set about redesigning the house and gardens around the notion of a ‘country idyll’. The Jestico + Whiles team proposals will revive the estate as a showcase for Soane’s idiosyncratic architectural style.

‘The Manor will be restored to its former glory providing an impression of Soane’s work in the early nineteenth century. The former Library building from 1939 will be converted into a Gallery with improved visitor facilities and a new café will be constructed in Soane’s original kitchen garden.
‘Walpole Park will also include the new Rickyard education centre. Scheduled for completion in April 2014, the building will provide a learning space for youth and community groups, schools, families and adults to meet, run a range of activities and host events. The centre will also house the park’s new visitor facilities, including a café and public toilets.’

Previous story (AJ 30.07.09)

Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor masterpiece to be transformed

Jestico + Whiles has been selected to remodel Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor

The practice has been successful in its bid to remodel Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor and Walpole Park in the London Borough of Ealing. This a Grade-I-listed building and the new design will aim to ‘sensitively restore and transform the Manor into a world-class museum’.

Jestico + Whiles was selected, following a two-stage tender and interview process. Client Ealing Borough Council said it was impressed by the team’s past experience and integrated approach to the building, landscape and interpretation design.

Jestico + Whiles will lead the core design team, working alongside exhibition designer Ralph Appelbaum Associates and landscape architect J & L Gibbons, supported by Julian Harrap Architects and Sarah Couch Historic Landscapes who are providing heritage advice. Engineers Ellis & Moore and environmental specialists King Shaw Associates complete the team.

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