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. The estate is managed by Derbyshire County Council.
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.
The National Trust is continuing to provide consultancy support for DCC as work to create the charitable trust gathers pace, and plans for the phased regeneration of the estate are finalised.