Jestico + Whiles wins funding for Grade-I Pitzhanger Manor overhaul
A team led by Jestico + Whiles and including conservation architects Julian Harrap Architects, has secured Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) support to remodel Pitzhanger Manor House - a Grade-I listed building designed by Sir John Soane
Jestico + Whiles’ design for the site will transform the Manor House and surrounding 12-hectare Walpole Park, and will collaborate with Julian Harrap Architects to restore the original features in an attempt to reunite Sir John Soane’s work with the original Regency landscape.
Jestico + Whiles’ Director Heinz Richardson commented: ‘Having been originally appointed three years ago, it is extremely pleasing to have secured funding to develop our proposals. We have put together a team to restore the best of Soane’s work whilst introducing contemporary
design into the refurbished gallery and new café. The combination of repair and improvement will secure Pitzhanger’s future as an important heritage asset and cultural venue for West London.’
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded Ealing Council an initial £275,000 development grant, which will enable it to work up proposals towards securing a full grant of £3.6 million at a later date.
The other team members are exhibition designer Ralph Appelbaum Associates, landscape architect J & L Gibbons and Sarah Couch Historic Landscapes.
Pitzhanger Manor House
First built in 1768 by Sir John Soane’s former employer, George Dance the Younger, the 28-acre estate was purchased by Soane in 1800. Soane set about redesigning the Manor House and surrounding grounds around the notion of a ‘country idyll’.
The site provides an architectural showcase of his idiosyncratic architectural style with stripped classical detail, curved ceilings, radical colour schemes and an inventive use of space and light.