Lancashire builder restores historic hall

REVAMP: Gawthorpe Hall
REVAMP: Gawthorpe Hall
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Preston-headquartered Conlon Construction has completed a painstaking project to restore a stately home in Burnley once owned by Lord Shuttleworth.

The eight-month project saw the Bamber Bridge heritage specialist repair stonework and windows, as well as internal and external remedial work, at the Grade I-listed Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham.

Commissioned by Lancashire County Council Museum Service, these works were undertaken to restore the stunning façade on the hall’s south, north and west elevations.

The hall, which is operated on behalf of the National Trust, remained closed to the public throughout the programme of works.

Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, said: “We’ve a lot of experience in heritage projects and understand the skill, materials and budgets required to deliver a project of this nature.

“Thanks to TV programmes like Downton Abbey, there’s a renewed interest in stately homes, so we’re pleased to have delivered a programme of work that will further extend the life of the building.”

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “Gawthorpe Hall is a very special building that we operate on behalf of the National Trust.

“Because of its importance, we’ve invested a significant amount of money in the conservation project to preserve it for the future.

“It has been closed since last May and we are delighted that the work has been completed on time and the public will be able to enjoy visiting it again soon.

“On a personal level, as I’m the county councillor for Padiham and I also live close to Gawthorpe Hall, this is really pleasing news.”