Summerhouse at Lotherton Hall reopens following restoration by ‘Re-Making Leeds’ trainees
A summerhouse located on a famous Leeds estate has reopened following a refurbishment led by trainees participating in an innovative heritage construction skills programme.
Visitors will now have the opportunity to enjoy the elegance of the summerhouse during a trip to historic Lotherton Hall after a meticulous restoration undertaken by four young Heritage Lottery funded Re-Making Leeds trainees Toni, Karl, Mark and Ben which commenced in October last year.
Carried out under the watchful eye of experts in the council’s parks and countryside team, a variety of improvements were undertaken by the trainees to the structure which was originally a porch on the main house but was re-located and re-purposed as a summerhouse in the early 20th century.
This included restoring doors, window frames, two capitals and two fluted columns and the removal and replacement of all rotting wood. Windows were also reglazed and a new roof constructed on the house which is now also boasting a new lick of gleaming white paint.
Joining Toni, Karl, Mark and Ben at the reopening ceremony was Cllr Mohammed Rafique, members of the council’s parks and countryside team who supported and guided the trainees throughout the project and two representatives from the Leeds Civic Trust.
To find out more about Re-Making Leeds, please see: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Re-Making-Leeds.aspx
For more details about events and activities on offer at Lotherton Hall, please see: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/Lotherton-Hall.aspx
Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for employment, enterprise and opportunity, said:
“It was a real honour to be at the reopening ceremony of the summerhouse at Lotherton Hall and be able to see at close quarters the fantastic restoration work undertaken by four trainees on our Re-Making Leeds scheme.
“There is no doubt that their hard work and attention to detail right through this project has paid off massively, and it is brilliant to see the summerhouse now returned to its former glory.
“A key element of Re-Making Leeds is the chance for our trainees to learn from the experts. I would therefore like to offer a big thank you to members of the council’s parks and countryside team who guided Toni, Karl, Mark and Ben every step of the way, and I look forward to see them building on the skills they have learned in the future.”