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Conservation expert sought for Winstanley Hall rescue

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Wigan Council is seeking a conservation architect for the restoration of its decaying Grade II*-listed Winstanley Hall

The winner of the £30,000 contract will complete an appraisal of existing conservation options drawn up for the abandoned Elizabethan country house.

Originally built for the Winstanley family in the mid sixteenth century, the estate was later purchased by London goldsmith James Bankes in 1596.

Additional blocks were added during the following centuries and the entire complex was significantly remodeled by architect Lewis Wyatt in 1819.

Bankes’ descendants occupied the building until the 1980s after which the Tudor structure deteriorated rapidly before eventually being sold for redevelopment.

Plans to transform Winstanley Hall and its associated buildings into residential apartments were withdrawn thirteen years ago.

The appointed team will review and evaluate restoration options drawn up by Heritage Works in 2010. A rescue strategy mooted by SAVE Britain’s Heritage four years ago will also be considered alongside any other ideas ‘deemed to be worthy of further exploration’.

According to the contract notice: ‘The appraisal of each option shall include an assessment of repair costs, conversion costs and indicative end values for each option, leading to the identification of any financial gap.

‘As part of the analysis, consideration should be given to different funding options – including enabling development – ownership models and planning considerations.’

A conditions survey, market evaluation, funding options exploration, ownership model analysis and review of planning constraints and opportunities will all be required.

The deadline for applications is 3 June.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Ian Rowan
Directorate of Places
Wigan Council
Wigan Life Centre
PO Box 100

Tel: +44 1942489251
Email: I.Rowan@wigan.gov.uk

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