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Kenwood House a step closer to multi-million pound refurbishment

PUBLISHED: 13:10 05 October 2011

Caring for Kenwood restoration programme

Caring for Kenwood restoration programme

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The elegant villa, which was remodelled in the 18th Century and sits in the attractive grounds of Hampstead Heath, is hoping to raise £3.3million from the HLF to pay for much-needed repairs.

Kenwood House is one step closer to a multi million pound renovation after its application for Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) passed the first round.

he elegant villa, which was remodelled in the 18th Century and sits in the attractive grounds of Hampstead Heath, is hoping to raise £3.3million from the HLF to pay for much-needed repairs.

The grant would go towards making the roof of Kenwood House weather tight, protecting the magnificent interior and important art collection from serious leaks and damp.

Despite regular maintenance, time and the elements have taken their toll and inspections have revealed cracked and slipping slates, and damage to the leadwork and timber beneath the roof.

Welcoming the news, Tim Reeve, English Heritage’s historic properties director, said: “Kenwood House is exceptional: it is an architectural gem which is home to an exceptional collection of works of art.

“The House has reached a point where it needs a thorough programme of repair and conservation. We are delighted that the HLF has given the thumbs up to our plans and we will focus our efforts now on passing the second round.”

Sue Bowers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for London, said: “Kenwood House is a heritage treasure, and this ‘green light’ means that project plans can now be further developed to ensure that the house and its nationally important art collections are preserved for future generations to explore and enjoy.”

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