Restoring the glory of Cannon Hall Museum Park and Gardens

We are excited to be working on a local heritage site in Barnsley—Cannon Hall, which is an impressive Georgian country house museum set in 76 acres of historic parkland and landscaped gardens and located between the villages of Cawthorne and High Hoyland in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

As part of the Parks for People project, Cannon Hall Museum Park and Gardens has secured £3.4m of funding for major improvements and conservation work to its parklands, gardens, several external buildings, and the restoration of Cannon Hall’s Georgian lakes.

The project’s aim is to improve and restore the Grade II listed building to its former glory and to enhance the experience by its visitors.

As part of the construction team, we have been appointed by Plincke, urban landscape architects, as Quality Site Inspectors to oversee the restoration works being undertaken throughout the 3-year project.

Our initial involvement includes overseeing the dredging of the lakes of mud and silt which will improve the water quality and encourage aquatic habitats, and the removal of trees and overgrown vegetation from the banking’s which will enable the lakes to be visible from Cannon Hall.

Once the lakes are complete, we will then oversee the restoration of the parklands which surrounds the Hall. An accessible path will be laid around the park in addition to a new adventure trail and discovery area. As Quality Inspectors we will oversee the works with a critical eye for quality workmanship and to identify any defects that may compromise the quality finish.

The walled gardens will also be developed. A new archway will be cut into the wall to lead visitors straight through the hall to the garden, as well as a new paved courtyard and south front entrance.

Inside the parks there will be a new seating area, and effort will be made to preserve and further develop the current fruit trees which consist of peaches, nectarines and pears.

Later into the project restoration work will extend to several external buildings which are currently hidden within the grounds. These include the ‘The Midden’, ‘The Ice House’, ‘The Deer Shelter’, ‘Former Coach House’ and the ‘Old Stables’ which were used as worker cottages. Two of these listed cottages which are owned by Barnsley Museums will be renovated and rented out to residents.

 

‘We are excited to be involved in the restoration project for Cannon Hall, and that our inspection expertise will be utilised on this local heritage project which is on our doorstep, and we are looking forward to working with the team on site to help the them restore the Hall to its former glory.’

Managing Director, Tony Mobbs

 

Operating for over 27 years, our Quality Site Inspectors integrate with design teams on site to improve the standard of construction by identifying and rectifying potential defects and delays. The Piece Hall in Halifax and Yorkshire Sculpture Park are a few of our other local heritage projects successfully completed.

To read more about the project please view the Cannon Hall website www.cannon-hall.com or to find our more about Quality Site Inspectors please call our team on 01226 743959.