19 May 2022
“The Curtain Rises” Seaton Delaval Hall was a flagship project for the National Trust, delivering essential conservation works alongside the provision of new facilities and a number of exciting new visitor attractions. The project commenced in 2018 ("The Curtain Rises", 2019 progress), and following its conclusion, the whole team involved have remained dedicated to the ongoing maintenance of, and improvement to the scheme, which has allowed this fantastic project to reach its full award winning potential. The project was Highly Commended in the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards, Conservation & Regeneration Category in 2021, and just yesterday, won the North East Regional RICS Award in the Heritage Project Category. In doing so, the scheme has been entered for the National RICS Awards which will take place in London in October.
Southern Green was responsible for the design and delivery of the landscape works, working closely with the client, consultant team and main contractor. Studio Hardie also created and installed a brand new bespoke timber play area. Southern Green have remained so committed and dedicated to this project, and we have spent several days volunteering at Seaton Delaval Hall.
The Hall was originally designed by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1718 as an extravagant home for the theatrical and flamboyant Delaval family and it is now a major National Trust visitor attraction.
Liam Haggarty made these comments following notification of the award yesterday “This project has been inspiring, challenging, memorable and inspirational, all in equal measure. It is rare to work with a team of such talented and dedicated professionals both within the client, contracting and design teams. Delivering a project of this nature and significance would have been a huge challenge at any time, however to have achieved such a fantastic and award worthy outcome during the pandemic is testament to the whole team that have been involved in the project from the outset. Congratulations to everyone”.