Chester house estate receives £719,700 capital kick-start award

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The Chester House Estate has received a Capital Kickstart Fund award of £719,700 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund for their restoration project that has been delayed as a result of the pandemic.

This is one of the latest grants, awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and builds on over £1 billion awarded to a huge range of cultural and heritage organisations from the Culture Recovery Fund last year.

Ambitious projects at 22 heritage organisations, including Chester House Estate – off the A45 between Wellingborough and Rushden – will benefit from £13.5 million in targeted grants allocated by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restart planned work that now face delays or increased costs.

The funding will be used for completion of the £14.5m project – full details of which were announced at the beginning of February – and include the Northamptonshire Archaeological Resource Centre due to open in April, a wellbeing centre, restaurant, farm shop and heritage attraction. The project which is funded by Northamptonshire County Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund will be completed in October.

Jack Pishhorn, Business Manager, Chester House Estate, said: “The money from the Culture Recovery Fund has been vital in enabling us to deliver a project that is going to be an incredible asset for the local community as a free to enter attraction and for the preservation of heritage across the county.

“We’ve completely changed the business plan for the site, incorporating exciting elements that will have a huge impact on the post Covid-19 recovery for the area and we have had wonderful feedback on the plans for the community already. A huge thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for their ongoing support.”