Borough Council grants up to £200K to heritage landmark

Published: Friday, 07 December 2018

One of Northampton’s premier heritage landmarks has been awarded a capital grant of up to £200,000 from Northampton Borough Council

to help improve visitor experience and increase financial sustainability and accessibility.

The Borough Council’s Cabinet agreed to commit the funds to 78 Derngate this week, which is the only house in England remodelled by the famous Scottish Art Nouveau designer and architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, in his iconic modernist style, for the renowned Northampton model engineer, W J Bassett-Lowke.

Trustees of the multi award-winning visitor attraction will match fund the grant, which will be spent on a major extension, enabling expansion of the venue to accommodate larger groups of visitors, and increased capacity for holding events, as well as improving disabled access around the buildings.

Councillor Jonathan Nunn, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “78 Derngate is the cornerstone attraction of the town’s Cultural Quarter and the only house Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed outside of Scotland.

“We’re delighted to give the 78 Derngate Trust the certainty of the Borough Council’s support, so that they can confidently undertake further design and fund-raising work. 

“Not only will these improvements enhance the visitor experience of this major tourist attraction for the town, which welcomes visitors from around the world, but it will also help to ensure the financial sustainability of what is one of Northampton’s most cherished heritage assets.”