Purcell is proud to announce that Delapré Abbey in Northampton has won the RICS East Midlands region Building Conservation award. Many people at Purcell have worked hard on the restoration and development so we’re thrilled that it has been given recognition by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Delapré Abbey, is a Grade II* redundant country house with 12th Century Convent origins, converted to a house in the 16th Century. Following our Options Appraisal in 2009, Purcell was commissioned by Northampton Borough Council (NBC) in 2012 as Lead Consultant of a full design team to undertake the design for the regeneration of the Abbey and its buildings, including the conservation and repair of the fabric and provision of enhanced facilities to secure the future of the site.

The renovation has brought substantial parts of the abbey and outbuildings back into public use as an events space and visitor asset, whilst ensuring that the building is appropriately protected. Purcell helped NBC to successfully obtain a major grant from the HLF and deliver their project.

Works included the external fabric and structural repair of the main Abbey building and key primary rooms in the South Range for public functions and events. The Billiard Room and a new conservatory provide a high quality catering facility for all users of the abbey and a visitor route was created through the 16th and 17th panelled rooms of the north and east ranges. The 18th century stables are now used for visitor reception and orientation, interpretation, learning, shops and WCs. The house and grounds are now a vibrant hub for the community, offering education facilities as well as a wedding venue.

By Jess McCulloch