What is happening at Bank Hall?
It is being restored. Signs of work are already evident at the Jacobean mansion in Bretherton, a village near Chorley, as scaffolding is up.
Why is this such great news?
Because the Grade Two listed country mansion has been vacant and going to rot steadily since 1971. Finally, after 20 years of campaigning from the Friends of Bank Hall group, Bank Hall is going to have a complete refurbishment. Bank Hall was the first building to feature on BBC Two’s TV series Restoration.
How will it be restored?
While the outer shell of the building will be repaired and returned to its former glory, the interior will be converted to twelve high-quality apartments. The central area including the tower will be accessible to the public and will include an educational resource centre and space for public exhibitions and meetings.
How has this been made possible?
The Heritage Lottery Fund has put forward a grant of £2.2m topping the pot for the project up to £5.6m.
When is it expected to be finished?
Work will take around 18 months to complete. Planning permission was granted in 2013.