Mansion House 1729
Further delays in reopening the Mansion House in York, following restoration works, are forecast.
In December last year the media reported that local building company William Birch had taken over from Ainlays when the latter entered administration. The expectation was that the new arrangements would mean a delay of around 12 months on the original reopening date.
The Council said that the Mansion House would reopen in “mid-summer”. It later confirmed 25th June as the completion date for building work
As we enter October, scaffolding still surrounds the building with no immediate prospect of reopening apparently in sight.
The Mansion House closed in September 2015 when the then Lord Mayor, for a while, appeared to refuse to leave the building pending the provision of an alternative residence.
Subsequent Lord Mayors have also not had access to the building.
Now the £9 million, 2-year, refurbishment project at the adjacent Guildhall is due to get underway, further limiting access to the House.
The last edition of the Mansion House newsletter (Opening Doors) was published in March.
Their website talks of a “reopening in late 2017”.
The restoration work is costing £1.6 million.
A Council report shows an out-turn of £35.751m on the Council capital investment budget compared to an approved budget of £52.428, an overall variation of £16.677m.
Community stadium start slips
The biggest slippage (£3.5 million) was on the York Central project although there were also delays in other areas including school maintenance, housing construction, the Glen Lodge extension, waste disposal, IT development and upgrades to buses.
The report shows that expenditure on the Community Stadium has also slipped again with the bulk of the work now expected in 2018/19. In total, the Council will spend £36 million on this project although this figure does not include the substantial sums spent to date or the (privately funded) commercial elements of the project.
The report goes on to say;
Mansion House cost up by £150,000
- that the Mansion House restoration scheme has an outturn position of £1.031m in 2016/17, requiring re-profiling of £515k of funds from 2017/18 into 2016/17. The work is now expected to be completed in August 2017. The report goes on to say that “as the works contract has progressed a number of areas of additional work have been identified as necessary to safeguard the future of the Mansion House, these essential restoration works will cost an additional £150”.
- the Tenants Choice programme saw 120 properties have their kitchens, bathrooms and wiring updated through the year. This is significantly lower than the 220 properties that were planned. This is due to problems with tenants refusing works, delays due to damp problems and delays with kitchen deliveries. The scheme under spent by £416k in 2016/17
- the proposed developments at Newbury Avenue and Chaloners Road have also been delayed. The development now proposed is for 5-6 bungalows and “will be submitted for planning approval in July”. The development of homes at Chaloners Road was postponed when the developer withdrew from the contract. A revised scheme will be submitted for planning approval in late summer 2017
A summary of the Councils £1/4 billion investment plans can be found below
The contract to repair the Mansion House is due to be completed by 25th June.
The contract was awarded to local company William Birch in December and was valued at £1.1 million.
It was awarded when the previous contractor went into administration
It is unclear when the Mansion House will reopen to visitors and when the Lord Mayor will move in.
Mansion House Sept 2016
William Birch & Sons Ltd, York-based construction, refurbishment and restoration contractor, have been appointed to continue work on the York Mansion House’s historic restoration project.
External works have been taking place over the autumn including repairing the chimney stacks and removing old paint from the external stonework.
William Birch & Sons Ltd will be the company completing remaining internal works in the Mansion House and moving the Opening Doors project on. The business started life in York, building and restoring many of the city’s high profile properties that we all know today, including the York Minster Library, Fairfax House, Kings Manor, York Theatre Royal and the York Explore Library.
The family owned construction company have a historic connection with the Mansion House with both William Henry Birch (1921) and Jack Birch (1975) holding the position of Lord Mayor of York.
Last year the Mansion House received a grant of £1,198,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), as well as fundin g from City of York Council and donations to the restoration fund so the historic building can be restored. The ‘Opening Doors’ project, is the biggest investment in the Mansion House since it was built in the eighteenth century.
Mansion House Autumn 2016
Mansion House Spring 2016
Following two weeks of consultation and hundreds of responses the residents of York have decided which colour the facade of York’s historic Mansion House will be.
The Mansion House paint scheme will remain pretty much unchanged!
Since it was built in 1732 the facade of York’s historic Mansion House has seen many changes and colours. Taking inspiration from the past residents were presented with three options after paint historians analysed and identified three themes from the building’s past.
Of the near 400 people that responded to the two week consultation 70 per cent expressed a preference for option three, a brick colour with a polychrome crest (image attached). Feedback on the proposals suggested this option “looks elegant and complements the building” and was “vibrant and handsome”. 20 per cent said they preferred option two with 10 per cent stating option one as their preference.
The design is thought to have been that of the Mansion House from the 1890’s with an original paint scheme of red brick work and painted stone colour, with a polychrome crest.