Following the award of a Stage 1 HLF grant in 2013 we were appointed as quantity surveyors to work with the team in developing the Stage 2 application which resulted in the award of a significant grant. Subsequently the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust successfully purchased the Castle, formerly the residence of The Bishop of Worcester and it’s surrounding 43 acre parkland from the Church Commissioners.
The castle contains the nationally important Hurd Library. It is a unique example of a working library, formed by an 18th century scholar bishop of wide interests, which remains on its original shelves and in the original room built for it shortly after Richard Hurd moved to Hartlebury Castle, as Bishop of Worcester, in 1781.
Our role has included the investigation of options for the location of the café, extensive costings of fabric condition surveys, schedules of dilapidations, maintenance and management plans and cost in use studies. Various costings were also produced to assist the Trust in negotiations with The Church Commissioners and Worcestershire County Council, who use part of the building for a museum.
We are currently preparing tender documents for the scheme which is programmed to be on site in late autumn 2016.