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Restoration of Corngreaves Hall commended by English Heritage
11:16am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
ENGLISH Heritage has lauded the restoration of Cradley Heath’s historic Corngreaves Hall just three years after it was gutted by fire.
Sandwell Council and developers GR8 Space were commended at the English Heritage Angel Awards for working together to save Corngreaves Hall, which was on the national building’s at risk register.
The hall was built around 1780 by iron-master James Attwood then was re-faced in Gothic early style in the 19th century.
However, the hall fell into disrepair in the late 20th century before a blaze in February 2010 caused damage to its flooring, ceilings, roof and staircases.
After deciding the hall could not be used for the public good Sandwell Council accepted a bid by GR8 Space to convert the building into nine apartments, which were put on the market earlier this year.
Cradley Heath and Old Hill Councillor Ann Shackleton has been involved in the project from the start.
She said: “This award is so well deserved and I congratulate the council and the developer.
“It was sad to see Congreaves Hall fall in to a state of disrepair after the closure of the golf course.
“It become a target for anti-social behaviour including arson and many of the historic artefacts had been stolen.”
She added: “Sandwell Council was, at first, criticised for neglecting the property and then for spending money on it.
“GR8 Space came forward with development plans for the hall and site and with financial support from the council we now see what has been achieved.“ Simon Thurley, from English Heritage, praised the restoration project at the Angel Awards.
He said: “Heroic projects like this make an important contribution to local and national history.
“And also to the local community and to the vital task of securing England’s rich and varied heritage for present and future generations.”
Nick Liddell, managing director of GR8 Space, is delighted with the commendation which followed the clinching of the Best Restoration and Renovation at the Built in Quality Awards 2013 for Corngreaves Hall.
He said: “It is great English Heritage commended the collaborative approach between the private sector and the public sector in rescuing this building from the buildings at risk register and for the quality of the restoration and sympathetic conversion.”
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