|Acklam Hall||Middlesborough||Restoration & Install team (North East Division)||2015||£25K|
Acklam Hall in Middlesbrough, Teeside, a Grade I listed property, has had a chequered history since being built by Sir William Hustler, grandson of a wealthy draper from Bridlington, in 1683.
Built on land that was mentioned in the Doomsday book, the hall and its 40 acres of grounds continued as a family home until 1928 when it was purchased by Middlesbrough Council for the princely sum of £11,500.
In 1935 the hall became a Grammar school eventually becoming a sixth form college in 1974. In 2008 the college moved out and the ‘ghost hunters’ moved in as the Hall became a haven for paranormal investigators searching for the ‘Grey Lady’ – assumed to be Charlotte Hustler who died in childbirth and is said to stand motionless at the top of the staircase.
The staircase is an unusual double spiral baluster and according to Pevsner (Buildings of England) is an example of fine English woodwork. In fact, the whole building has many notable architectural features including a panelled wall boudoir and original door and window fitments.
And now 300 years later, the Hall enters a new phase of its life when it opens its doors in 2015 as a business and conference centre, restaurant and weddings venue. A project that has seen IWP Dansk involved in its extensive renovation with the restoration of original oak and dormer windows.
The developers are emphatic in their desire to create an attractive destination venue while ensuring that the whole development – that also includes a residential housing estate – fully complements the surrounding area. In addition, as a Grade I listed building, they were clear that it was essential that all alterations and improvements fully conformed to the rigid English heritage guidelines.
IWP Dank has many years’ experience in dealing with the stringent planning restrictions and building regulations of heritage buildings. Also, with an ever increasing demand for retaining traditional wooden casements especially within conservation areas, we have developed a knowledge and skills base, we believe is, largely unsurpassed in the Industry.