Attention please! The Heritage Lottery Fund has just awarded Ealing Council & Pitzhanger Manor Trust a massive £4.4 million grant to revamp Pitzhanger Manor House in architect Sir John Soane’s original vision.
Transforming the Grade-I listed historic manor house will involve improving its facilities and accessibility, upgrading the 1939 art gallery, building Soane’s glasshouse and a café in the walled garden. Inside the house there will be a permanent exhibition detailing Soane’s style and rise to fame. There will be new exhibition space and a programme of visual arts, talks, walks and workshops.
Architect Jestico & Whiles will be leading the project, working with heritage experts and exhibition designers. The grand house will have a contemporary feel while maintaining Soane’s creativity.
It’s the first time that Pitzhanger Manor has been fully restored so it’s no wonder the total cost of the project adds up to a staggering £10.5 million. But don’t get too excited too soon, we have to wait until 2018 for it to re-open to the public. Laura Sagar
For more information take a look at ealing.gov.uk.