Many congratulations to English Heritage on being awarded a £4.08 million grant to revive and restore Marble Hill House and surrounding historic parkland in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames.
The funding has been given to the Marble Hill Revived project by the jointly funded Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund's Parks for People Programme. Planned improvements to the historic property and surrounding parkland are expected to cost £6 million, turning back decades of underinvestment. The support for Marble Hill Park comes as part of an announcement of £40million for 13 parks and cemeteries across the UK.
Jura Consultants are pleased to have aided English Heritage in the preparation of a Business Plan for the site which helped to secure the funding and develop a more sustainable business model for the site's future.
The Marble Hill Revived project will see new interpretation installed to bring the property's fascinating stories to life, particularly those of its former owner Henrietta Howard. This remarkable woman built Marble Hill House in the 1720s as a retreat from court life and as a place to entertain her dazzling circle of friends. Conservation works will also take place to the exterior of the building to preserve it for future generations. Once completed the house will be open to the public for free, five days of the week, rather than the present weekend only openings during the summer.
English Heritage will also restore the lost 18th-century Pleasure Grounds between the house and the river, restoring the landscape to designs as shown in a survey plan of the grounds in c.1752. The reintroduction of heritage features within the grounds will create a greater diversity of spatial character and habitats within the park, as well as improving the aesthetic value of the space, including significantly restoring and reframing important views and vistas between the house and River Thames. To complement this work, the presentation of the wider park will be improved, including the redevelopment of public amenities and creation of a new children's play park, to offer an enhanced experience for all park users.
The capital works will also be supported by the development and implementation of an activity plan and new volunteering programmes to improve access to, and interpretation of, the whole site.