York based contractors, William Anelay, have been appointed to work on York Mansion House’s historic restoration project.
Work will begin in the New Year to restore the building, including improvements to facilities which will allow visitors to enjoy more of the building than ever before.
The appointment comes after the Mansion House received a grant of £1,198,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), as well as funding from City of York Council and donations to the restoration fund so the historic building can be restored. Thanks to the National Lottery players the project – ‘Opening Doors’ – will be the biggest investment in the Mansion House since it was built in the eighteenth century.
The four main areas of the ‘Opening Doors’ restoration project are:
• Restoring the original kitchens to create a fully working eighteenth century kitchen and a modern kitchen allowing the house to continue hosting culinary events and functions.
• Improving displays, conservation and access to the civic collection of gold and silverware
• Developing an integrated environmental and conservation plan for the structure, including installing an effective conservation heating system to minimise long-term damage to the contents and fabric of the building and reduce its carbon foot print.
• Preparing an oral history project, involving people past and present with a connection to the building.
Councillor Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council said: “This is a massive step for this exciting project and we are delighted to have a local contractor delivering the work on one of York’s most iconic buildings. This restoration will improve the experience for visitors as well as secure the building’s future and I am looking forward to seeing the outcome when work is completed next year.”
Charles Anelay, Chairman of William Anelay Ltd, said: “The Mansion House is such a significant building in York that there has been keen competition to get the job. As York based specialist contractors, we are delighted that we have been chosen, especially as we are also currently working on the Mansion House in Doncaster, so it makes a fine pair. Our team is well aware of the responsibility we have to do a really good job and play our part in repairing, enhancing and upgrading the building for years to come.”