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Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Thanks to your support, we are proud to announce the reopening of the 18th century Bretton Estate chapel after a £500,000 restoration project carried out over the last nine months. The first exhibition in the newly restored building, an installation by leading contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, opened to the public on Saturday 24 May 2014.
The restoration of the chapel was supported by: English Heritage, Country Houses Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, The Headley Trust, The Pilgrim Trust, the Holbeck Charitable Trust, The Leche Trust, The John S Cohen Foundation, Sir George Martin Trust, Kenneth Hargreaves Charitable Trust, Linden Charitable Trust, Jill Franklin Trust, and generous visitor donations.
WHAT THE RESTORATION INVOLVED
Restoration work to the outside of the building included the renewal of the roof, repairs to eliminate water ingress and damp, and the renovation of external stonework. Inside the chapel, repairs have been made to the floor and internal timbers, while climactic conditions have been enhanced with the introduction of new lighting, heating and ventilation systems, and an environmentally friendly air source heat pump. Visitors will now enjoy improved access to the chapel with a new pathway from YSP Centre, wheelchair access into the building and an accessible toilet.
The lead professional advisor on the project was W R Dunn & Co Architects (RICS Conservation accredited building surveyor) and the appointed main contractor was William Anelay.