The magnificent team who expertly carried out two major phases of conservation work at Grade I listed Rotherham stately home Wentworth Woodhouse, are in line for a prestigious award for excellence.
The project team, including contractors Robert Woodhead Limited, architects Donald Insall Associates and a raft of craftspeople are celebrating after being named as finalists in the Construction Excellence (East Midlands) Awards in the Conservation and Regeneration Category.
With the guidance and support of Historic England, many years of neglect have been repaired to the highest of conservation standards. Rainwater no longer pours in through holes in historic roofs protecting the building for future generations.
Sarah Mcleod, CEO of Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust commended the team, saying “The project has been one of the most exciting and challenging heritage projects of a generation. To be named as finalists is a fantastic achievement and really goes to show what an outstanding job has been done here.”
The project team have been through several rounds of assessments where the judging panel of industry experts have reviewed the work and interviewed the team about their approach to quality, project management and health and safety standards.
The Preservation Trust which owns Wentworth Woodhouse, are already planning the next phase of conservation works to deliver their ambitious and exciting masterplan. A special event to mark the completion of the most recent phases of work is to be staged and will give particular thanks to the funders and craftspeople who have delivered this remarkable project.
Tom Woodhead, Business Services Director at Robert Woodhead Limited said “Congratulations to everyone who has played their part in the project, from our supply chain partners, consultants and our own in-house team who have been absolutely committed to making the project a huge success from day one. It has been a shining example of collaboration.”
The project will go head-to-head with the best conservation and regeneration projects in the East Midlands with the winner announced at a glittering industry ceremony on Thursday 2nd September in Leicester. If the project is named as the regional category winner, it will progress through to the National finals later in the year.