4:41pm Thursday 17th May 2012
By Helena Hickey
RESTORATION plans for Pitshanger Manor House and grounds in Walpole Park,have been given a boost, thanks to a £275,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Architects and designers will now work with the council and local community to draw up a detailed scheme for how the house, a Grade One listed building, will look once work is complete.
It will include reinstating original heritage features of Sir John Soane’s original house, completed in 1804, including the elaborately-decorated rooms.
Ealing Council Leader Julian Bell said: “We want the manor house not only to be of cultural importance, but also to be a real community asset that benefits everyone.
"I hope local people will take the chance to get involved.”
In total, the council is bidding for £3.8m to support the restoration and, after this initial success, will find out next year whether it will receive more funding at the second bidding round.
Sue Bowers, Head of HLF London, said: “Pitshanger Manor House is an impressive example of Sir John Soane’s artistic flare and an important cultural site in the heart of Ealing.”
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