Tyntesfield wins major award for restoration of Orangery

Tyntesfield wins major award for restoration of Orangery

The winners of the first English Heritage Angel Awards, founded earlier this year by Andrew Lloyd Webber to celebrate the efforts of local people in saving their heritage, were announced this week.

The English Heritage Angel Award (Telegraph Subscribers’ and English Heritage Members’ Favourite) went to The National Trust in partnership with the City of Bath College and Nimbus Conservation Ltd for their collective rescue of Tyntesfield Orangery in North Somerset. More than 200 local groups applied to win one of the six Angel awards and this was narrowed down to a shortlist of 16.

Built in 1897, the Orangery was designed to be the ornamental heart of Tyntesfield's kitchen garden but years of neglect caused the building to fall into serious disrepair and it has been abandoned for at least 20 years. The National Trust has embarked on a pioneering long-term partnership programme with City of Bath College and specialist contractor Nimbus Conservation Ltd to restore it, with learning and craft skills development at the centre of the project.

Architectural stone conservation students have been working on the site, a skills trainee post created and existing craftsmen, students and professional groups have been offered the opportunity to gain an insight into masonry and stone conservation.

Andrew Vines said: "This is a deserved winner because the project took full advantage of all the potential training opportunities in a challenging scheme of repair and restoration undertaken by an expert conservator."

Tyntesfield General Manager, Anna Russell said: “We are so proud to have won such a prestigious award alongside so many other deserving projects. Being the public’s favourite is a great honour. Our partnership with the City of Bath college to save the orangery is going from strength to strength and gives us a great boost to continue our work to restore and conserve Tyntesfield in a way which people can get involved in.”

The award scheme is run by English Heritage and based on its Heritage at Risk Register. Andrew Lloyd Webber chaired the judging panel which comprised Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, Charles Moore of the Telegraph, historian Bettany Hughes and the Bishop of London, the Right Revd Richard Chartres.

Picture shows judges and presenters with Nigel Bryant and Kate Gunthorpe.

Published 3 November 2011