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HHA/Sotheby's Restoration Award

This award was launched in 2008, with generous sponsorship from Sotheby's, to recognise and celebrate the restoration work that is continually being undertaken by members of the HHA throughout the United Kingdom.

Restoration projects, which must cover the dominant features of a room, building or folly, are judged according to the way in which they respect and are in sympathy with the historic quality of the building. Projects must have been completed within the past two years and the property must be owned by a member of the HHA. The restoration projects must also be open to the public for at least 25 days per year or by appointment to groups.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Award is Glynde Place in East Sussex.

Glynde Place in East Sussex has been crowned the winner of the 2017 Historic Houses Association (HHA) Restoration Award, sponsored by Sotheby’s. 

The Restoration Award recognises and celebrates the work being undertaken by Members of the HHA throughout the United Kingdom. These projects reflect the dedication of owners to the care and sympathetic restoration of the incredible buildings that they own, inhabit and share with the public. 

Owned by the same family since it was built in 1569, Grade I listed Glynde Place is today the family home of Francis and Caroline Brand (Lord and Lady Hampden) and their three children. The house sits at the heart of a modern estate which offers residential and commercial properties as well as weddings and concerts. 

The building has developed with each generation, however upon inheriting the house the family were met with the stark reality of a large house divided into distinct areas, some of which were neglected, damp and unsuitable for use a family home. The Brands set out to restore this beautiful Elizabethan mansion to its former glory as a lived-in home, to conserve the historic fabric, integrate modern services, and create an event and visitor area. 

A specialist team created a new entrance hall, now full of family photos and evidence of everyday life, with a “Great Door” that sits behind the original medieval oak door which was repaired and retained.

Two unstable curved window bays, which on occasion sent glass crashing to the ground, were rebuilt. Structural repairs were undertaken and damaged Elizabethan stained glass was sent to a specialist conservator. Additionally, the Gallery ceiling was restored to its former glory using original materials and traditional methods.

As well as preventing this house from falling into further disrepair, creating a homely environment for the family, and enabling the general public to experience and use the space, the project has led to numerous opportunities for study by scholars and apprentices. 
Viscount Hampden said: 

It is a great honour to have won the HHA/Sotheby’s Restoration Award. When we started this project the trustees and I were trying to secure the integrity of the estate  for future generations. The craftsmanship of the team put together by the architects GQA has put new life into Glynde Place and ensured its relevance as both a family home and the working centre of the estate.

James Birch, President of the Historic Houses Association said: 

Once again we received a wide range of brilliant applications for this year’s  Restoration Award, reflecting how passionately our Members look after their houses.  The team has achieved huge amounts with the restoration of Glynde Place and the attention to detail and hard work involved is very impressive. The Brand family are not alone in the work they have undertaken. It is estimated that HHA Members spend around £85 million a year on regular repairs and maintenance but the value of outstanding repairs is still around £1.38 billion. Independently owned historic houses are hugely important and keeping them in good repair is vital not just for the enjoyment of the general public, but for the rural economy and the areas in which they are situated. 

Harry Dalmeny, Chairman, Sotheby’s UK and Ireland said: 

Sotheby’s are again delighted to sponsor the Historic Houses Association’s Restoration Award. Glynde Place is a well-deserved winner and Lord and Lady Hampden and his team have restored the beautiful house into a family home suitable for modern living, weddings and concerts while maintaining its Elizabethan charm. The restoration projects undertaken by HHA Members reflects their commitment to the buildings in their care. Projects like this mean that people will be able to enjoy and use these houses for many more generations.

This year the judges commended the following properties alongside the winner:

Pitshill House in West Sussex
for the complete restoration of the Grade II* listed, 18th-century, neo-classical house and formal gardens.