Cusworth Hall, Doncaster *

Client: Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Geoffrey Holland acted as historic buildings advisor and design team leader for the refurbishment and repair of Cusworth Hall. The building is one of Doncaster Borough Council's principal museums and was formerly designated as the Museum of South Yorkshire Life. The main house and wings were designed by Platt and James Paine and date from the middle of the 18th century.

Works to the buildings and immediate landscape around the Hall were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to a value of £2.89m. Works included comprehensive fabric repairs to the main house, wings and vernacular outbuildings; repairs to the 18th century gatehouse; alterations to provide public toilets; disabled persons access and a lift installation within the Grade 2* 18th century mansion. The franchised café within the east wing was also substantially refurbished. The buildings project formed part of a larger, more recently completed scheme which comprised the restoration and enhancement of the historic park landscape.

The Hall's interiors were emptied of their 1960's fitments (then obscuring much of the fine interior spaces) and were opened up to allow more generous spaces within the building and to provide a backdrop to contemporary exhibition installations throughout the ground and first floors. Within the Paine Chapel the enriched plaster to the ceilings and walls was carefully repaired, together with the meticulous restoration of ornate ceiling and coving paintings.

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