Delapre Abbey

Building projects Heritage

We were commissioned by Northampton Borough Council to prepare the business plan for Round 2 submission for the £5m plus restoration and repurposing of Delapre Abbey and its surrounding buildings and gardens. The redeveloped Abbey will receive no subsidy from NBC, so the business plan has had to maximise the income generating potential of the site (rented space, holiday letting, substantial events hire, catering and learning business), while also providing capacity for the delivery of an ambitious activity plan.

We worked alongside the architects, Purcell, who had been engaged earlier, at the Options Appraisal stage. Our early business planning work informed their approach to the allocation of space to use and to the prioritisation of the works (this is phase 1 of an estimated £15m overall project).

The Round 2 HLF application was successful and the project is now on site.

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