Stone Edge has been appointed to carry out the restoration and development work for Kelmarsh Hall’s Tunnelling through the Past project. The company was awarded the contract following a closely contested tender process in which five firms were shortlisted.
The project, supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund through a grant of £1.3 million, is the largest ever restoration project undertaken at the Grade 1 listed Hall.
Keith Learoyd, Operations Director of Stone Edge, said: “Stone Edge are thrilled to have been selected to work with the Kelmarsh Trust and consultants on such a significant and prestigious project."
“Our team will bring experience, quality and provide the highest level of workmanship to the project which has been in the planning for more than 8 years by the Kelmarsh Trust.”
Des Brack, Operations Manager (Buildings & Estate) for the Kelmarsh Trust, said: “We are extremely pleased to announce the Stone Edge appointment and are excited to commence the works to restore the basement rooms and laundry and provide a learning space at the Hall.”
“We have been greatly impressed by their staff, their practical approach and enthusiasm for the project and very much look forward to working closely with them over the coming year”
Stone Edge’s appointment adds to the project team who will work with the Kelmarsh Trust to ensure the project build is completed on time and to budget. The project team is made up of Stone Edge (contractor), Focus Consultants (project management), Purcell (the architects) and Thompsons (the quantity surveyors).
Work will begin in July 2016 and is due for completion in July 2017. During the year-long build there will be opportunities for visitors and the local community to engage with the project. It is intended that volunteers will be given the opportunity to undertake lime washing, joinery and pointing, while visitors will be able to view the restoration work via observation points and site tours. Construction students from Moulton College will be offered ‘hard hat’ sessions and local people, or those who worked at Kelmarsh Hall, will be invited to ‘memory’ and oral history days at Kelmarsh so stories, objects, photographs and oral histories can be collected. Further information about these opportunities will be available on the Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens website in due course.
The total cost of the project is £1.6 million. The £1.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will be rounded up to the final total through fundraising by The Kelmarsh Trust. Anyone who is interested in supporting the project or would like more details can call Fundraiser Carla Cooper on 01604 686543 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.