Wyre Council is delighted to announce that a contractor has been appointed to carry out the next phase of restoration work at the Mount in Fleetwood.
Following work to revive the seaward side of the Mount’s Grade II registered gardens thanks to a generous donation of £1m from Mrs Doreen Lofthouse, the council was awarded £2.4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund to transform the landward side including the pavilion itself, the rose garden and the gate lodge.
Wyre Council has now appointed Rosslee Construction to undertake the restoration work which will start in September.
Conservation specialists, Rosslee have been working on Grade I, Grade II and Grade II* buildings and projects of an historic nature since 2002 so have lots of experience to bring to the scheme.
Gary Clarkson from Rosslee Construction explains, “We are really pleased that our application to undertake the restoration work at the Mount was successful. Over the years, we have been engaged in a variety of projects involving the conservation of our local heritage from private homes to public buildings so have lots of experience to draw upon.
“As a Lancashire based company, we are committed to supporting a strong local economy by using companies and key supply chain partners based within Wyre wherever we can. We intend to offer local job opportunities and are also looking into the possibility of an apprenticeship role with Blackpool and Fylde College.
“Working alongside the council we will ensure the local community is kept up to date so that people know what’s going on during the project and can see the progress as it happens.
“We are looking forward to starting work on site and being a part of the continuing story of the Mount.”
Councillor Simon Bridge, Portfolio Holder for Street Scene, Parks and Open Spaces at Wyre Council comments, “The Mount is such an iconic part of Fleetwood’s heritage so it’s great that we are able to bring it back to its former glory thanks to funding we have received.
“This project will bring both the Mount pavilion and the lodge building back into use, the gardens to the landward side of the Mount will be restored and a new play area will be built. The money will also be used to fund a Development Officer who will oversee a three year programme of events and activities, engaging with residents, schools and local groups. I look forward to seeing the project unfold over the next twelve months.”
The pavilion, originally built in 1901 will now be restored and brought back into regular use as an education centre, exhibition space and a function room for public events and receptions. The lodge building will also be restored. The upper floor will be opened as a tearoom and the lower floors, which are inaccessible at present, will be used as a base for volunteers helping on the grounds and by an artist and scientist who will run activities.
For more information on the Mount and the restoration project go to www.wyre.gov.uk/themount