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Purcell has successfully achieved round two HLF funding for two landmarks and Grade II listed gardens of the Mount in Fleetwood in Lancashire. Working for Wyre Council and Ryder Landscape, we will now go on to complete and renovate the landscape and buildings to bring them back to public use.

Built on the largest sandhill in the area, the Mount was originally the centre point of Fleetwood, with radiating streets to the town. Designed by eminent architect Decimus Burton in the 1800s, Purcell was appointed to conserve, repair and restore two Grade II listed buildings: The Lodge and Pavilion. The design aims to retain their historical significance while creating contemporary spaces for public use including an education centre, exhibition space and a function room for activities and volunteering programmes. 

The Pavilion functioned as an observatory and signalling point. Prior to this, it was used as a prospect point for its stunning views across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District. It will have historic details such as the ground floor dormers and benches reinstated, creating a pleasant space to take in the spectacular view over Fleetwood and the Wyre estuary. 

Internally, a kitchenette and WC facilities will be upgraded, and spaces created to accommodate a variety of community-led activities as well as more formal events. Dedicated attention will be paid to sensitively restore it to its former glory, for example the original balustrading details and paint colour scheme have been based on historical photographs and paint analysis.

For the Lodge, blocked windows and doors will be reopened and its lower ground floor reinstated to create an attractive and welcoming entrance. It will also provide additional accommodation for a café, artist–in-residence and a volunteering hub.

The landscape proposals will include the removal of non-native tree species planted in the 1980s to reinstate the visual relationship between the two buildings and between the pavilion and the town centre.

Discover more on the HLF website:

https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/news-features/good-news-love-parks-week

Written by Zhor Boukkerou and Matthew Dyer

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