Welsh restoration project wins prestigious award

Michael Tree, the owner of Hendre House in Llanrwst, Conwy, has been announced as one of the winners of the architectural awards handed out by the Georgian Group.

Mr Tree bought the dilapidated Regency House in 2000 and set about restoring the property to its former glory. He replaced all of the floors, the roof, and rebuilt the chimneys. Most of the windows were also replaced.

Outside, the architect reassembled all of the parkland fences, restored the walled kitchen garden, and rebuilt the estate’s dry stonewalls. Experts that specialise in conservation architecture were also used in the restoration project.

Before Mr Tree took over the house, it had been empty for 70 years. However, he was reportedly not daunted by this. The architect had previously bought and partially restored Trevor Hall in Denbighshire, which is now used as a country hotel.

Mr Tree shared the award for Best Restoration of a Georgian Country House with Nicholas Edmund Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, who is the owner of St Giles House in Wimborne, Dorset.

Hugh Petter, who was one of the judges and is himself an architect and vice-chair of the Georgian Group, told Country Life magazine:

“The key thing about these awards is that they acknowledge a group of brilliant architects and craftsman who don’t get a look in with other, more modern prizes.”

There are fifty other houses in Wales in a dilapidated state, which are awaiting new owners with the means to restore them, along with the help of architects in North Wales.

Posted by Mark
January 16, 2015

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