The Boston Manor Regeneration programme received a major vote of confidence this month with Hounslow Council Cabinet voting to proceed with the submission of a second round grant application to HLF.
Published: Tuesday, 13th February 2018
The Boston Manor Regeneration programme received a major vote of confidence this month with Hounslow Council Cabinet voting to proceed with the submission of a second round grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the regeneration of Boston Manor House. The proposal was reviewed at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on the 6 February and received unanimous approval.
Boston Manor House is a Jacobean Grade 1 listed building situated in Boston Manor Park and as a cultural asset is of national importance. The house is included in Historic England’s ‘buildings at risk’ register and requires immediate action to preserve it.
The funding is required to implement a major restoration programme of sensitive structural repairs to; restore rooms not currently accessible to the public, provide disabled access and extend its opening hours to the public. Additionally, the service wing is to be refurbished, providing space which can be used for creative businesses, and host a café as well as a landscape history educational charity. These improvements will ensure a sustainable future for this magnificent heritage building, being enjoyed by a wider audience of residents and visitors to the borough.
Having successfully achieved a Stage 1 Heritage Grant pass from the HLF last year, Hounslow Council is now proceeding with its bid to secure this funding. The bid is contingent on match funding being available from the council and the Cabinet resolved to release £450,500 for this purpose at the meeting. The outcome of the bid will be advised in June. If successful, work will start towards the end of this year with completion expected in 2020/21.
The restoration of Boston Manor House and Park is being developed as twin projects combining to achieve the regeneration of both with an overall value of £11 million.
A funding bid for the restoration of Boston Manor Park has also received a Stage 1 Parks for People Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Stage 2 will be applied for in 2019 with completion expected in 2022.
Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Green Policy said:
“We are delighted to get the go ahead to proceed with this grant application for what we consider to be a very worthy programme and that the cabinet has shown its support to the restoration and preservation of this magnificent heritage asset. If successful in our application, this regeneration programme will ensure a bright future for Boston Manor House and Park and put it firmly on the map as a go-to cultural and leisure destination for local people and visitors to London. “