Posted: 20 Feb, 2018

Focus Consultants has played a key role in project managing a £4.7 million scheme to redevelop an historic site based around a Grade I listed manor house and 16th Century great barn.

Headstone Manor & Museum in Harrow dates back to 825AD and was once owned by Henry VIII.

Now, following a four-year redevelopment programme, which was project managed by Focus, the buildings and grounds have been transformed into a museum, with a dedicated learning centre.

Steven Fletcher, partner at Focus Consultants said: “Focus is delighted to have been able to work on such an interesting and historic project. As a company, Focus has wide experience of conservation, restoration, redevelopment and other projects within the heritage sector.

“The project team worked together with archaeologists to ensure historic structures and finds were preserved throughout the development. Excavations uncovered Medieval walls and foundations, but also remains which had previously been thought to be outbuildings which were in fact a more substantial structure.”

The site received a £3.6 million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant, alongside £1 million from Harrow Council and £270,000 from the John Lyon’s Charity.

The Medieval Heart of our Regeneration project aimed to bring to life the fascinating history of the moated manor and its people, Harrow and its communities. It included the restoration of the granary, barn, manor house and gardens. A new visitor centre, boasting a beautiful timber frame which references the structure of the historic barns at Headstone, has also been built.

Harrow Council is responsible for Headstone Manor Museum, along with other cultural assets in the London Borough of Harrow.

Harrow Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture & Resident Engagement, Cllr Sue Anderson said: “The transformation is incredible – you really feel the team has brought the manor back to life after more than a thousand years. It’s been a huge amount of hard work from everyone involved that has paid off wonderfully.”

For more information, please contact Steven Fletcher on 0115 976 5050.

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