Bedwellty House + Park
Austin-Smith:Lord was appointed to carry out the full restoration of this 19th Century House and Parkland, incorporating new build elements to complement and enhance the existing building. Our work included the preparation of a detailed Conservation Management Plan and archaeological investigations, leading to the full restoration and new uses of this rare Regency period estate which had been neglected and partially derelict for several years.
Our creativity and abilities in engaging project stakeholders through the design process, has facilitated a viable, complimentary blend of uses for the project. To ensure local community engagement and support for the project we carried out extensive consultation and research.
Drawing from these consultations, option studies were created and community feedback influenced the final design with the House now accommodating a Registry Office and the local archives, transforming it into an elegant visitor attraction.
The house and park were restored to their original condition with careful attention to detail gleaned from the research undertaken. The two new extensions to the house are designed to be unmistakably 21st Century and are crafted in contemporary glass and steel with simple outlines located to compliment the layout of the existing rooms in the house. A new tea room and cafe have been created in the old Orchid House.
The £5.5m project was made possible through grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Heads of The Valleys Fund, CADW, the Welsh Government and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.
Austin-Smith:Lord were an asset to the Bedwellty House and Park Restoration Project. The level of support and professionalism shown by all the staff involved with the project was excellent. This was a complex project delivered on time and within budget and ASL contributed greatly to that outcome.
Frank Olding – Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
CLIENT: BLAENAU GWENT COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE, CONSERVATION, INTERIORS
SECTOR: ARTS + CULTURE, CIVIC
CONTRACTOR: JOHN WEAVER CONSTRUCTION
LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH: LORD
STRUCTURES: KPA ASSOCIATES
SERVICES: SILCOCK DAWSON
COST CONSULTANT: DAVIS LANGDON
LISTING: GRADE II