An historic hall has officially re-opened after a major redevelopment project, which was supported by Focus Consultants with funding advice, project management and quantity surveying services.
The Grade II Listed mansion Bridgford Hall, located in West Bridgford Park, Nottingham, has recently completed a £2.3million redevelopment project. With the help of a Heritage Enterprise grant award of £1.5million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Rushcliffe Borough Council has turned the building into a luxury aparthotel and civil wedding ceremony venue.
The grant is the first completed in the East Midlands under the HLF’s Heritage Enterprise programme which funds vital repairs and conservation work needed to convert derelict, vacant buildings into new, usable and sustainable spaces.
Focus Consultants was appointed at project initiation to provide funding advice, project management and quantity surveying services and we continued our consultancy support throughout the project’s lifetime.
“The team at Focus has been involved in the project at Bridgford Hall from the early days and it’s always a proud moment when a scheme is successfully completed,” said Focus partner Heather Frecklington.
“This renovation aptly illustrates how a Heritage Enterprise grant can open a new chapter in the life of a building. We’re very proud to have helped to secure the Heritage Enterprise grant for his work – the first to be completed in the East Midlands.
“We’d be delighted to offer funding advice to any organisations that are thinking of similar projects.”
The repair and conservation works were carried out on the building’s original structure, with refurbishments to the registry office, wedding facilities and first and second floors to create the aparthotel accommodation. In addition, there is a new single-storey extension to the rear of the building which provides a separate reception entrance for the guests.
The seven hotel apartments, including a bridal suite, comprise 2/3 bedroom apartments, each equipped with kitchen and bathroom. The two ceremony rooms have been uniquely designed to capture the venue’s most striking features; the Garden Room showcases the building’s period features and overlooks the park; the Drawing Room offers a traditional library surrounding with an impressive fireplace feature. The original features of the mansion, which date back to 1768 with an added extension in 1880, have been preserved and add to the grandeur of the venue.
Speaking about the project, Ros Kerslake OBE, CEO of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:
“This is a wonderful example of the impact that a Heritage Enterprise project can have in breathing new life into an old building. We are delighted that, thanks to National Lottery players, Bridgford Hall will once again be able to play a key role the lives of the local community, as well as boosting the local economy.”
Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Councillor Simon Robinson, added: “Renovating this historic West Bridgford landmark was key to preserving the town’s heritage for the community and we’re delighted and grateful to have benefitted from the HLF’s first Heritage Enterprise grant in the region.
“We organised a range of community activities throughout the construction period to connect local residents with the history of this much-loved building. The scheme has given a boost to local business by creating jobs, a quality aparthotel and a fantastic wedding venue, and has certainly secured a bright future for Bridgford Hall and the park.”
An official opening ceremony was held on 13th June to mark the re-opening.