Theodore House, Stonyhurst College
- Location: Clitheroe, Lancashire
- Client: Society of Jesus Trust
- Type: Refurbishment and Conversion | Grade II Listed
- Value: £4 Million
- Status: Completed
An early 19th century water mill that, for decades stood roofless and abandoned in the grounds of Stonyhurst College, gains a new lease of life as a heritage centre.
What we did
- Lead architectural and heritage consultants
- Town planning and listed building consultants
- Submitted planning and listed building planning applications
- Full detailed design package co-ordinating with full design team
- Lead consultants for a multi-disciplinary traditional procurement route including contract administration from start to completion
Set within Stonyhurst Estate, Theodore House is a Grade II listed building dating to the 1840s. The building was created from the ruins of a former Victorian working mill which had served the college until its closure in the middle of the last century.
Cassidy + Ashton was appointed as lead architectural and heritage consultants as well as town planning and listed building consultants to carry out the adaptive reuse of the empty mill into a purposeful building to operate as The Christian Heritage Centre within the Stonyhurst Estate.
The conversion and refurbishment works involved the conservation and restoration to the remaining external walls of the former mill building, installation of a new internal steel frame and construction of new walls, floors and roof, including new rooflights.
The project was very challenging not only in repairing and stabilising the existing structure, but also in successfully creating necessary accommodation within the existing building to provide residential, learning and secular accommodation.
The refurbished ground floor houses a flexible meeting room space, library, chapel and kitchen and dining facilities. with bedrooms on the upper floor. The renovated building also includes a conference room, study rooms and a refectory.
Officially opened by the great-grandson of King George V, and youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, the Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst provides facilities for education and study, for Christian leadership formation and opportunities for religious retreat.
The new state-of-the-art facilities will become a well-used venue for pilgrims, scholars, parishes and schools visiting Stonyhurst.
Alongside Cassidy + Ashton as lead architects, the project was constructed by Lancashire-based Warden Construction, with Ribble Valley Borough Council as the local authority for planning and building regulations submissions.
The rebuilding and restoration works to the Grade II listed building won a conservation award for the Best Educational Building at the LABC North West Building Excellence Awards and was a finalist for the 2019 RICS Awards.