Top award for Lightwoods House

Sympathetic restoration work to a Grade II listed Sandwell house has been recognised in a building excellence award.

The Lightwoods House restoration scheme picked up the Best Public Building title in the West Midlands Building Excellence Awards.

The house and park have undergone a transformation under the £5.2 million Lightwoods Park and House restoration project, with £3.6 million secured from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG). As part of the project the Grade II listed house, built in 1791, has been lovingly restored back to its former glory and is now a high-quality venue for a wide range of community activities as well as public and private events.

Now there is a tea room, community rooms for training, classes and exhibitions, a children’s centre, a large function room for events such as wedding ceremonies, receptions and conferences as well as numerous office spaces to let.

The building’s many original features have been carefully restored by the contractors, Conservation Heritage Building & Conservation (Staffordshire) Ltd, working alongside architects from Sandwell Council’s Urban Design team.

Nominations for the prestigious awards are made by building control teams from councils across the West Midlands metropolitan region and were presented to winners at an event held at Birmingham’s ICC on 28th April.


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8 Responses to Top award for Lightwoods House

  1. keithbracey says:

    Well done Sandwell Council and all of the Sandwell Councillors involved with the sympathetic restoration of the 1791 Lightwoods House……after Birmingham’s shameful council ignored and positively denigrated Lightwoods Park and House,for so long because it was not in #Birmingham

  2. Rickie Chapple says:

    Hi. Well I am both a Black Country and Birmingham lad and we have a lot to offer, nice sites, things to do in and around both Sandwell and Birmingham. When is this beautiful house opening back up to the public if not all ready? Indeed light woods park is to a nice attraction.

    • Bob says:

      Early June Rickie

    • keithbracey says:

      I am the same Rickie Chapple caught between Birmingham and the Black Country, born in Bearwood at an Edgbaston address in Willow Avenue on the Poplars Estate schooled at George Dixon Grammar in City Road, Edgbaston and attending Birmingham University in the mid-1970’s but living now and since 1991 in #TheBlackCountry …..

      Yes #BobPiper I meant to ask will the reopening of the 1791 Lightwoods House coincide with the @WeAreBearwood #Street Festival on Sunday 11th June?

      I will be performing some of my poetry at the Bearwood Street Festival on the stage on the car park of the Co-Op on Rutland Road opposite Aldi car park entrance where I will be reciting my Bearwood Poem: “Bearwood Town” on Sunday June 11th at the Bearwood Festival.

      By the way well done to all involved on the prestigious West Midlands Conservation Award for the sympathetic restoration and regeneration of the once threatened and almost derelict Lightwoods House after years of neglect by Birmingham City Council

  3. Lucy says:

    What a great example of careful restoration work, it shows how successful listed building work can be when contractors and councils work together. It’s also fantastic to see the use of lottery funds to restore important parts of our history. After seeing pictures of the building pre-restoration, with a lot of intricate brick and flint work needed not to mention the lack of windows and bare ceiling in places, it’s amazing to see the improved condition of the same building a few years later!

    • keithbracey says:

      I went on a tour of the refurbished and regenerated Lightwoods House last night led by the excellent Julia Morris from Sandwell Council who should get an award themselves for their perseverance with Lightwoods House as this scheme has been 7 years in the making from start to finish.

      Cherie O’Sullivan from Sandwell Council initially led the project to save Lightwoods House, doing a fantastic job in getting the Lightwoods House project off the ground after years of neglect by Birmingham City Council who couldn’t have cared less about the survival of one of Bearwood’s oldest buildings, a Grade Two Listed Building, as it was in Bearwood in Sandwell and NOT in Birmingham…..

      Well done Sandwell Council and its officers Julia Morris and Cherie o’Sulivan, the unsung heroines of this great Heritage project.

      A special thankyou from all Bearwoodians to all the Abbey Ward Councillors, Bob Piper, Steve Eling and Ann Jaron, not to mention Smethwick Councillor and all round Bostin Bearwoodian Richard Marshall…..

      Hat’s off and a round of applause to you all for saving one of Bearwood’s greatest pieces of Heritage and History!

  4. Simeon says:

    looks lovely.. a great job done.

  5. keithbracey says:

    Reblogged this on keithbracey and commented:
    #LightwoodsHouse in #Bearwood’s #LightwoodsPark has won a top West Midlands conservation award #BearwoodisBrill #BostinBearwood

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