Historic Property Restoration Ltd appointed to lead National Lottery funded project at Seaton Delaval Hall

Seaton Delaval Hall Northumberland

North Shields-based firm, Historic Property Restoration Limited has been appointed as principal contractor for the construction phase of the forthcoming National Lottery-funded project at Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland.

Following a rigorous and European-wide procurement process the firm, with smaller bases across the north of England, was appointed to the project. Formerly the direct labour arm of English Heritage, the company now employs 65 people. Previous projects have included Alnwick Castle, Fountains Abbey and Gateshead Old Town Hall.

" We’re delighted to have confirmed HPR Ltd. for this work. There was some very strong competition but their demonstrable experience along with excellent ideas on how we can keep National Trust members and visitors up to date with what’s happening made them the ideal team. We’re pleased to have been able to award the contract to a very local firm and provide jobs in the region."

HPR will now lead the on-site activity to conserve the hall, which includes stabilising the West Wing roof, cantilever staircases and portico steps of the Central Hall.The work comes following receipt earlier this year of £3.7million from the Heritage Lottery Fund thanks to players of the National Lottery across the UK.

Stephen Upton, Commercial Director of Historic Property Restoration, said

“It’s not often in the North East that we have a project of the scale and national importance as the scheme at Seaton Delaval Hall. The National Trust will be presenting a unique visitor experience and the whole team at Historic Property Restoration are focused on delivering an exemplar project. As a regional business specialising in the restoration of historic buildings and employing 65 people, the local economic benefit will be very tangible”

The hall closed on Monday 5 November 2018 to enable HPR to bed in and begin the heavy work on site and will reopen ready for half term on Saturday 16 February 2019. The project will take approximately two and a half years to complete in total.