Seaton Delaval Hall, the 18th century former home of the theatrical Delaval family, is set to enter a new chapter in its life - and Southern Green is thrilled to be playing a part in its re-awakening!
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £3.7million to the National Trust, to help repair and conserve this Baroque masterpiece in Northumberland and bring new life to Seaton Delaval Hall for visitors and the local community.
Southern Green has a long-standing involvement with the site, initially being commissioned in 2010 to prepare a Parkland Plan for the site and more recently appointed to develop the landscape design proposals to support the Round 2 HLF bid. We are delighted to have been re-commissioned as lead landscape architect to develop the detailed designs and to oversee delivery of landscape works on site.
Seaton Delaval Hall was once the venue for the Delaval family’s lavish costume balls, elaborate practical jokes and spectacular theatrical productions. Built by Sir John Vanbrugh, the architect behind Blenheim Palace, the Hall’s design was a fitting backdrop to the family’s extravagant lifestyle. Since acquiring the Hall in 2009, the National Trust has been carrying out critical building repairs to ensure the survival of one of Vanbrugh’s greatest works.
HLF funding will help the National Trust continue this building conservation work, but works will also include the reinterpretation of the 18th century landscape garden. Lost vistas will be re-cut through the south-east gardens, reinstating historic views and creating the framework for a re-imagined landscape, which will include new art features and play interventions for visitors to explore. Visitor circulation routes will be improved, a woodland play area installed, along with a new cafe and enhanced visitor facilities across the site.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “This final architectural work of Sir John Vanbrugh, Seaton Delaval Hall, is a particularly fine example of Baroque architecture in England, with an equally rare and important designed landscape. Plans to create a more welcoming experience for visitors, including highlighting the Hall’s reputation for theatrics and parties and involving local students in the restoration, make it thoroughly deserving of National Lottery support.”
You can read more about the project here: