The Jacobean Mansion at Bank Hall has been hidden from view by trees and as is explained elsewhere on this site, has been left to the ravages of time and subject to vandalism since 1971. Following the plight of the Hall being highlighted in the mid 1990’s Bank Hall Action Group was formed in 1995 to try and save this historic building.
Much was done in the early years concerning clearing the site and removing ivy from the Hall and also stabilisation work was carried out. In 2003 the plight of the Hall was highlighted on the very first program of “Restoration” but lost out to Manchester Baths. At this time a project involving the charity “Autism Initiative” was being considered but failed when the possible funding from “Restoration” was lost.
The Hall is Grade 2* listed and is on the English Heritage “Buildings at Risk” Register. It is the Prospect Tower which gives it this listing.
A new project had to be considered and was structured.
The project was to involve the Restoration of the Shell (The outside fabric of the building), the restoration of a central area, including the tower, which would enable some public access and the conversation of the remainder to private accommodation. It was soon realised that to do this would not only require substantial funds but also enabling development (new builds nearby). An application was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund and a Stage 1 pass was obtained and then after a formal process “Urban Splash” were appointed as the Contractors. At this stage it is important to add that The Lilford Estate made available the additional land required for the enabling development.
Eventually in February 2011, the planning consent for the whole project was given by Chorley Borough Council and recently the project has received a Stage 2 pass and, therefore, funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Project is complex and may be a first of its type in this country.
The project has required a lot of hard work by a number of partners involved with “The Heritage Trust for the North West” and “Bank Hall Action Group” and we are grateful to them all for supporting the Action Group in their endeavors to achieve the saving and restoration of the Bank Hall.
There is still much to be done before work can commence and we will update our news page and keep our supporters informed through our News Sheets.
SUMMARY OF PROJECT
The project is the restoration of the outside fabric (Shell) of Bank Hall; The restoration of the central area which includes the Main Entrance Hall, the Main Hall and the Clock Tower; the conversion of the remainder internally to 10 Apartments and 2 Self-contained Houses; and the construction of 23 new builds to finance the remainder of the project.