Culture Recovery Fund secures further conservation repairs

£1m enables projects across England

We are delighted to announce that four vital conservation repair projects can start this autumn, thanks to a grant from the government’s second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. 

Landmark has been awarded £1m from the Major Works Programme, administered by Historic England and designed to safeguard heritage organisations from the economic impact of Coronavirus. The Culture Recovery Fund is part of the rescue package by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to secure the future of England’s cultural venues, first announced in 2020.

A total of 142 historic sites across England are receiving grants worth £35 million, four of which are Landmark Trust sites. This money will enable high priority works at Calverley Old Hall and Cawood Castle, both in North Yorkshire, plus Silverton Park Stables in Devon and Woodspring Priory in Somerset. Each project will directly generate employment for heritage craft specialists, fuelling recovery for our sector and contributing to local economies. Significantly, an integral part of each project will be the hosting of training or apprentice opportunities, engaging and inspiring a new generation of traditional craftspeople.

The four projects together span works identified by Landmark's experienced teams of surveyors as necessary before Coronavirus hit, with resulting plans thrown into question by the loss of holiday lettings income during subsequent lockdown closures. Thanks to the grant, we will be resuming each project imminently.

Calverley Old Hall

At grade-I listed Calverley Old Hall between Leeds and Bradford, we hope to shortly embark on a transformative project to bring the whole, complex site into use. Much of the building is near derelict, currently deteriorating rapidly.

Thanks to a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund, we can bring forward the critical task of reroofing - the urgent need brought into acute focus by a stunning recent discovery of Tudor wall paintings. Previously hidden under layers of wallpapers and panelling, the 16-century decorative scheme is virtually intact and extends throughout a first-floor room, immediately below a stretch of roof in particularly poor state.

We can now complete the reroofing as a distinct phase of work before the imminent threat of winter weather arrives. This will ensure the wall paintings are protected, and the whole site weathertight, while we complete a major application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and further fundraising for the wider project - now including conservation works to the spectacular wall paintings. Landmark's senior surveyor Linda Lockett is overseeing these works, together with architect Karen Lim of Cowper Griffiths Architects in Cambridge and Leeds-based quantity surveyor Andrew Gaunt of BWA (UK) Ltd

Woodspring Priory

In autumn 2020 Landmark received a grant from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund. That grant enabled, among other projects, masonry repairs to sections of Cloister and boundary wall at the Grade I-listed Woodspring Priory. This year, further funds enable works to continue and to extend to the Chapter House, plus repairs to the Mounting Block at the Gatehouse entrance.

Situated within a Scheduled Ancient Monument, much of Woodspring's extensive site is constructed of Lias stone which, once it loses its protective face, becomes particularly vulnerable to erosion. The works will consolidate, stabilise and soft cap the walls, rebuilding where necessary. Landmark's senior surveyor Richard Burton is working with Michael Vaughan and John Beauchamp of Somerset-based Benjamin and Beauchamp Architects, who recently worked on our restoration of Winsford Cottage Hospital, and local archaeologist Vince Russett to oversee the repairs. 

We were delighted that Orchard Stonemasons won fresh the competitive tendering process, and as of January 2022 continue to work with us on this project. Pictured left they are repairing the historic walls around the Cloister, garden walls and field boundaries.

Silverton Park Stables

At the monumental Silverton Park Stables we will be undertaking a programme of brickwork and masonry repairs. Works will include the stabilisation, rebuilding and capping of approximately 120 meters of boundary wall, plus the replacement of eroded brick and stone together with repointing across the stable block north elevation.  

The grade II-listed site sits in rolling Devon countryside, just a short journey from Exeter. Landmark's surveyor for the south west Mark Cox is leading the project, working together with John Alexander of Jonathan Rhind Architects based in Barnstaple. Specialist conservation contractors Orchard Stonemasons, who are themselves based in Silverton, will be commencing onsite next year. 

Cawood Castle

A gatehouse and small domestic wing are all that remain - above ground - of the once-sizeable Cawood Castle principal palace of the Archbishops of York from the 13th until mid-17th centuries. With nationally important archaeology, the site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

We will be undertaking a range of works including significant roofing and fabric repairs across the building, in addition to a series of digital measure plus condition surveys, specialist conservation cleaning works. Landmark's surveyor for the north Stuart Leavy is leading the project, working with Andrew Wiles of Wiles Maguire Architects in York - who recently worked at Brinkburn Mill - and consultant ecologist Madeline Holloway.

Read all about the projects that were able to continue, thanks to the first round of funding here.