Knebworth House added to ‘buildings at risk’ register

A STATELY home has been added to a buildings at risk register and still requires millions of pounds worth of renovation work.

Knebworth House was included on the East of England’s Heritage risk register released last week, which aims to save buildings from neglect and decay.

The 500-year-old house was added to the list following efforts to complete five phases of restoration during the 1970s to the 1990s.

A further �9.2m is needed to complete the refurbishment.

Knebworth House Education and Preservation Trust, who are responsible for the running of the house, has had a detailed conservation plan in place since the 1990s which it oversees with the aid of on-site maintenance team and a restoration consultant.

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Martha Lytton Cobbold, managing director of Lytton Enterprises, who run Knebworth House, said: “We are pleased with this new recognition and will now be able to move forward with this new status.”

John Neale, team leader and inspector of historic buildings at English Heritage, said: “The inclusion of Knebworth House in the Heritage at Risk Register this year recognises the very substantial work that remains to be done before the repair of the house started some years before is complete.

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“Knebworth is an important house from an architectural and historic perspective, and one that is appreciated by a very wide audience.”

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