Liability to Viability – Newstead Abbey Conservation

The Gardener’s Cottage, a 19th century stone cottage, along with the attached kitchen garden walls are designated as a Grade II Listed Building. The cottage has been empty and unused for over 20 years which left the property in need of significant conservation.

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Project Overview

The works comprised internal works, including the removal of less sympathetic interventions that were carried out within the property during the 1980s and has been returned to its 19th century appearance.

External works also included the provision of new services which were discreetly and sympathetically finished so as not to impact on the external appearance. The stone walled courtyard which was in a very poor condition has also been restored to create a private courtyard for the holiday accommodation.

A Stable Cottage, a smaller Grade II listed stone property, was also restored and renovated by Woodhead to provide additional high quality accommodation. This project is special because the  the empa ii Minor Works Framework enabled Woodhead and Nottingham City Council to work closely on identifying this at risk property and then identifying suitable uses for the property which complemented the Abbey offer and would generate a sustainable income stream.

Key Challenges

Many Local Authorities have listed and historic properties in their property portfolios and many of them are underused and deteriorating and often not earning an income sufficient to maintain them without extra support. They often become a liability and financial burden to the Authority.

Woodhead developed feasibility studies and detailed designs, and carried out negotiations with the local planners and Historic England and delivered this Bridal Suite solution which is not only self-sustainable but will provide an income stream which will help maintain the Abbey.

The 19th Century stone buildings have been sitting empty for a decade and required in-depth repairs, as well as sensitive refurbishment throughout. External works also included the provision of new services which were discreetly and sympathetically finished.

Not only have Woodhead halted the deterioration of the property thus reducing on going risk, liability and repair costs, but they have increased the value of the visitor experience and improved the attraction as a whole.

Key Achievements

Health & Safety – No of RIDDOR Accidents: 0
Waste – 98% Recycled
Local Labour: 99% within 20 miles of the site
SME Engagement: 100%
Time Predictability: 100%
Cost Predictability: 100%

Relationship – 9/10
Communications – 9/10
Competence – 9/10
Image – 9/10
Understanding – 9/10
Safety 9/10

Feedback

“Gardener’s Cottage at Newstead Abbey is the perfect example of how the empa framework can help to bring old buildings back to life. Heritage restoration projects like this one often have limited budgets and timeframes to work to; by using the empa framework organisations like Nottingham City Council can be guaranteed a contractor that will finish the project on time and within budget. I’m certain it will be a welcome addition to Newstead Abbey and provide charming accommodation for weddings at the site.” Alan Coole – Head of Empa