HLF development funding for Brock Keep, Reading

HLF development funding for Brock Keep, Reading

Clarkson Alliance is delighted to be working with Open Hand Open Space (OHOS) on the ‘Brock Keep: A Roof with a View’ project in Reading. The project has received development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop conservation plans for Brock Keep –  a grade II listed 19th century keep situated next to the original army depot. It is a rare example of a keep which has not be demolished or converted, with well-preserved original features. The development phase has now begun and Clarkson Alliance will be providing support to OHOS as they prepare their Phase 2 application which, if successful would enable the restoration of the keep’s roof, turrets and battlements, a rooftop boardwalk and cafe, restoration of the ground floor verandah, and an exciting programme of heritage activities for visitors of all ages. OHOS Chair Ingrid Jensen said “We are overjoyed to receive this support thanks to National Lottery Players. It paves the way for Brock Keep to have a secure future as West Reading Arts and Heritage Centre for the next 30...
Oxford Castle voted winner of ’40 in 40 Competition’

Oxford Castle voted winner of ’40 in 40 Competition’

  We are thrilled that the Oxford Castle renovation project won the public vote in the '40 in 40 Competition' at the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards ceremony this week. Clarkson Alliance project managed the restoration project, which included a new heritage and education centre, Oxford Castle Unlocked, opening up parts of the site to the public for the first time in 1000 years! The 40 in 40 competition run by the Oxford time and Oxford Mail asked the public to vote for their favorite project from award-winning project of the last 40 years. Competition included lanterns and railings in Park Town (winner - 1977), the Blavatnik School of Government (2016). The Oxford Castle won in 2007. Learn more about Clarkson Alliance's work on Oxford Castle on the Project page....
Work begins to revitalise Caledonian Clock Tower

Work begins to revitalise Caledonian Clock Tower

Islington councillors visited the Clock Tower in Caledonian Park on 18 October to officially mark the start of construction works on site. Work has now begun on the project to revitalise Caledonian Park and secure the future of the Grade II* listed Caledonian Clock Tower,  which has received almost £2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).  Clarkson Alliance are Project Managers on the project, and bring extensive experience of delivering heritage projects on time and on budget and also of working with the HLF.  Work is being carried out by construction company Lengard, and is due to be completed in summer 2018. Cllr Claudia Webbe, the council’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “It’s fantastic that work has begun on this exciting project, which offers a brilliant opportunity to celebrate our history, and bring that history alive.” You can read more about the planned renovations on the Project page....
Poplar Baths restoration project wins New London Architecture Award

Poplar Baths restoration project wins New London Architecture Award

A project to restore Poplar Baths in London, rescuing the Grade II listed site from dereliction has been recognised at the New London Architecture (NLA) Awards, winning the Conservation and Retrofit category. The restoration of the baths was part of a wider restoration project valued at £36m, which included the Haileybury Youth Centre and surrounding residential developments. Clarkson Alliance led on project initiation, working closely with construction firm Guildmore and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the communications strategy. Utilising our experience in both the leisure and heritage sectors, our role included the design team appointment, cost planning and establishing a strategic programme with Tower Hamlets and our Planning and Heritage Consultants. Originally a Victorian building, Poplar Baths was renovated and reopened to the public in 1934. The baths were built as part of a wider national strategy to improve social conditions for low income communities, and were well used.  However, following a decline in usage and maintenance, the baths closed to the public during the 1980s and fell into disrepair. After nearly 30 years, the renovated new leisure facility was reopened to the public in summer 2016, with an impressive art deco lobby, new swimming pool, sports hall and café. Much needed residential space has also been developed as part of the wider project. The new leisure facility has been designed to reduce energy consumption and achieves a BREEAM ‘Very good’ standard. “We are delighted to have been part of the journey to bring this ‘Building at Risk’ and important piece of Poplar back to life. Thanks to such a fantastic project, people will now be able to...
Sacrewell Farm Heritage Project is Finalist in RICS Awards 2016 Grand Final

Sacrewell Farm Heritage Project is Finalist in RICS Awards 2016 Grand Final

A Mill House in the country’s top 8% of listed buildings, is a finalist in the national RICS Awards 2016 Grand Final at London Hilton on Friday 14th October. The £1.8million project at Sacrewell Farm in Peterborough, part of the William Scott Abbott Trust (WSAT), is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. WSAT selected Clarkson Alliance to lead the team and provide project and cost management after seeking to restore the 18th Century mill and return it to greater prominence at the Quality Assured visitor attraction. The project has already won Project of the Year, Conservation and the Tourism and Leisure categories at the RICS East of England Awards 2016 in May. Since reopening, the project has achieved its outcome of increasing visitors to the...
Two heritage projects shortlisted in RICS, East of England 2016 Awards

Two heritage projects shortlisted in RICS, East of England 2016 Awards

Clarkson Alliance is very pleased to have two of our projects shortlisted as finalists in three categories at the RICS, East of England 2016 awards. Sacrewell Farm in Peterborough is a finalist in the Building Conservation category and also Tourism and Leisure category. St Nicholas’ Chapel in Kings Lynn is also a finalist in the Building Conservation category. Both projects have received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The RICS awards celebrate outstanding achievements in property.  Each year the top regional built environment projects are selected across eight categories.  The winners are put forward for the RICS Awards Grand Final where they also have the chance to win the overall Project of the Year award. Sacrewell Farm – restored 18th century Water Mill project The £1.8m Sacrewell Farm Water Mill, Millhouse and bakery project saw the transformation of a Grade II listed building into an education centre and tourist attraction.  The project had previously been on English Heritage’s At Risk Register before owners William Scott Abbott Trust formulated a plan to renovate the building.  The Mill site was originally constructed in the mid-18th century and was in need of important repairs.  The water mill has been restored after many years of disuse.  Extra support for the watermill is provided through the introduction of a hydroelectric turbine. The renovations make the project an ideal setting for the recent BBC programme, Victorian Bakers which explored traditional bakery.  During the programme the presenters remarked on their concern during research that they would be unable to find anywhere to film the 18th century milling techniques until they found Sacrewell.  It is extremely rare...