Case Study: Elvaston Castle
Managed by Derbyshire County Council, Elvaston Castle is a Grade II* listed country house. It forms the centrepiece of a 350 acre estate that also includes 16 Grade II buildings and a Grade II* registered Park and Garden.
Although it receives over 350,000 visitors every year, the Estate had been in steady decline for several decades with a significant backlog of capital repairs required to both the buildings and the landscape.
From summer 2013 to early 2015, the National Trust delivered a detailed and complex commission for Derbyshire County Council. We developed a shared vision and guiding principles for the site following widespread engagement with the local community as well as other stakeholders; prepared a detailed 10 year operating business plan; scoped and began the establishment of a charitable ‘Single Management Body’ to run Elvaston Castle following a proposed asset transfer; and prepared a detailed Stage 1 HLF bid for a multi-million pound project.