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Exciting new project with Halsway Manor Trust

— 01 Aug 2017


Front elevation of grade II listed late 15th C manor - image courtesy of the Halsway Manor Trust


Jonathan Rhind Architects is excited to announce that we have been selected following a competitive selection process to work as Conservation Architects for the restoration of Halsway Manor, working with the Halsway Manor Trust.

Located in the Quantock Hills within and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Halsway Manor is home to the National Centre for Folk Arts – the only residential centre in the world for concentrating on the varied folk heritage of England.

Our team has been appointed to obtain permission, gain consents, prepare technical specifications and obtain prices at competitive tender under a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid to ensure the existing building is conserved and protected, as well as upgrading services to make them more sustainable and functional.

Halsway Manor Trust was looking for an AABC conservation accredited Architect to co-ordinate the planning and development of the major repairs project, ready for a round two submission to the HLF for approval.

Mark Raby at Jonathan Rhind Architects said: “Halsway Manor is a really unique project and we are excited to be working with the Manor Trust team to preserve the nationally important site. Halsway Manor is an integral part of the local community and the repair works will create an even more attractive venue for the thousands of people who keep our unique folk arts tradition alive at Halsway.”

Halsway Manor is a residential centre promoting traditional folk music, dance, song, storytelling, folklore, arts and crafts. It has ambitious plans for the centre to become an exemplary facility for folk arts, which includes promoting folk arts nationally and internationally.
The Manor also houses the Kennedy Grant Library, a nationally important collection of over 10,000 books of folklore, customs, traditional music and dance.

Mark continued: “As a Grade II* listed building, this project will require specialist expertise and management and we are looking forward to moving the project forward and getting this important first stage underway.”

The team have been appointed to undertake all works to Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) plan of work stage four, preparing detailed specifications and any necessary drawings based on a recent condition report. Submission of round two of HLF application is due in November 2017. Pending its success, the Delivery Stage of the project is planned to commence in Spring 2018.

Our team is currently in the process of appointing other specialist consultants to work on the project. The first step in the building project will be to consolidate and repair the existing buildings.

For more information about Halsway Manor, click here to visit their website.

To find out more about our work on listed and heritage buildings, take a look at our case studies here.


First image and logo courtesy of Halsway Manor Trust. 

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