THE restoration of Lytham Hall should be complete for a grand re-opening in spring 2014.
That’s the hope of Hall bosses still celebrating being awarded a £2.4m lottery grant, which means they can go ahead and restore the finest Georgian mansion in Lancashire to its former glory.
Heritage Trust North West director John Miller has revealed the timetable for £5m worth of works for the Hall.
This autumn work will see improvements to the Country Park including the reinstatement of the Victorian Parterre and the Mount, one of the park’s unique features.
The aim is to complete this work by next summer – in time for the Open Golf and to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Mr Miller said: “The restoration of the hall itself will follow in autumn 2012 which is expected to be finished in spring 2014 when a grand re-opening will take place.”
Major conservation works will include installing a new heating system and creating a central hub around the core of the 17th Century hall to include a tea-room, new reception and study centre. There will also be holiday accommodation created on the top floor.
Meanwhile fundraising efforts must continue, while the project is in operation, to satisfy Lottery chiefs.
Anton’s Cafe in Park Road, St Annes, has raised more than £2,000 and has another sell-out evening at the Hall next Wednesday.
Peter Anthony said: “The grant is absolutely unbelievable news, Lytham is going to be put on the map by this major tourist attraction.”
Mr Alan Ashton added: “As President of Lytham Town Trust, owners of the Hall, I would like to congratulate the Heritage Trust for the North West, to whom we lease the Hall, for their hard work in the bid’s submission. I have observed at close hand the enormous amount of work that went into the application, which took more than two years to assemble. The proposed restoration will ensure that the Hall plays a central role in the life of the Lytham community.
“Our thanks must go to John Miller, his team and all the volunteers who have supported the Hall with so much time and effort. The generous contributions towards the Lytham Hall Appeal have been outstanding, but the Appeal must continue if we are to achieve the goal of developing Lytham Hall and a country park as one of the leading tourist attractions in the area.”