Historic England is recruiting consultants to rethink the future of historic Burneside Hall and Gleaston Castle in South Lakeland, Cumbria
The team chosen for the £25,000 contract will complete an analytical architectural investigation, a costed condition survey and a feasibility study for the two ruined buildings, which both feature on the Heritage at Risk Register.
The South Lakeland Tower Houses project aims to secure the long-term maintenance and conservation of the two fortified dwellings while also exploring sustainable new uses that could boost public access to and understanding of the structures.
According to the brief: ‘The aims of the tower houses project is to better understand the significance of each site and their group value for understanding the social and political history of this region between the 14th and 16th century.
‘It also aims to appraise repair costs and produce a feasibility study for the appropriate conservation and, if appropriate, sustainable reuse of the site to ensure removal from the Heritage at Risk Register.’
Mostly constructed between the 14th and 16th centuries, Burneside Hall and Gleaston Castle in South Lakeland are among 97 surviving fortified houses within the North West region of England. Currently around 24 of such structures feature on the Heritage at Risk Register.
The Grade II*-listed Burneside Hall originally featured a pair of pele towers connected by a large open hall and was once home to the poet Richard Brathwaite. The Grade I-listed Gleaston Castle, which originally featured a tower at each corner, was abandoned around 100 years after being built.
The project aims to conserve the two buildings, remove both from the Heritage at Risk Register, and explore potential long-term alternative uses which could encourage greater public access.
The deadline for applications is 29 January.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information