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Posted 24 April 2017
Broomfield House Trust Annual General Meeting

The date for the  AGM is Tuesday the 9th of May, 7.30 pm-10.00 pm, the Burford Room in Palmers Green United Reform Church.

Colin Younger
Chair, The Broomfield House Trust

4 April 2017
Lanscroon Murals Selected Sections Trial Restoration - Bids Received

The Broomfield House Trust has now received bids for the trial restoration and display of selected sections of the Lanscroon murals from three excellent restoration specialists. We will be assessing these bids as soon as we can.

Colin Younger
Chair, The Broomfield House Trust

Broomfield House: Release of Consultants’ Reports
24 August 2016

Enfield Council has now posted here a comprehensive set of documents prepared for the Broomfield House Partnership Board in its consideration of the future of Broomfield House and stableyard. There follows below a summary of the roles of various bodies and how the studies relate to one another and the overall project. These are my views on the various aspects though where possible I have taken text from official documents.

Role of the Partnership Board
The remit of the Partnership Board is to identify and deliver the restoration of Broomfield House, Stable Block and Park to provide maximum general public access whilst ensuring the building has a viable use for the future.  Broomfield House is on the Historic England list of Heritage at Risk and Historic England (represented on the Board) have advised on the strategy which the Board has followed.

Heritage Lottery Fund
This latest project has to be seen against a number of earlier plans which for one reason or another have not succeeded. The most recent was the 2012 joint Council-Broomfield House Trust/Friends of Broomfield Park working group bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the rebuilding of the House. Regrettably the HLF were unable to agree to provide the almost £5m bid on a basis that this project was risky given the extent of the damage. In addition in their view this was not of national significance warranting a Heritage grant of this size. Any restoration scheme would have to deal with these high capital and longer term running costs.

Heritage Lottery Fund Heritage Enterprise programme
Given the recent history, Enfield Council in conjunction with Historic England and the HLF, determined that an approach to the HLF under its relatively new Heritage Enterprise Programme should be explored. This programme is designed for properties such as Broomfield House where traditional heritage fundraising has not succeeded, and where enabling commercial involvement is secured before the HLF bid is made. This involvement would normally be unacceptable in planning terms, but for the fact that it would bring sufficient public benefits which could not otherwise be achieved. The key element is usually securing the long terms future of the asset.  

The HLF contribution would aim to cover what is described as the Heritage deficit, which is the amount by which the cost of repair exceeds its market value on completion.

Conservation Management Plan***
Available on the Council website  here. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive and holistic assessment of the significance of the House, Stables and Park to provide information of the relative value or significance of the component parts of the heritage assets. It is a very detailed report intended to provide the basis of a long term maintenance and management strategy for the Park.

The other papers on the website set out the steps in determining how the funding might be secured in a bid under this programme

Options Appraisals
Options Appraisal reports are intended to develop alternative viable future uses of the House and Stable Block.

The Long List Optionsdocument draws on the CMP, the outcome of the public consultation which ran to November 2015, the Market analysis and the Options Appraisal and considers and evaluates a wide variety of options, concluding that the best fit is that of an arts based community use, likely involving artist studio and workshop space in the stableyard, and possibly in the house,  with parts of the House and stables open periodically for public viewing, and with some rooms in the House open more regularly or available for public hire, displays etc.

Also included in this paper are sketches showing how much of the House could be new build.

The January 2016  Update report might better be identified as an interim report, and is perhaps less informative than the  Report on OptionsThis report considers the objectives and finance of the project and risks to it. The objectives are set as Restoration, Public Access and Viability. It focuses on the reduced list of options and shows how they fit with the objectives. The paper then compares the financial profiles of each option. It includes a baseline business model (including a café, rentable space and a degree of heritage interpretation), capital costs, comparative discounted cash flows for the various models, and then runs a risk assessment on them. It concludes (albeit with a number of caveats) that restoration and part re-build of the House and artist’s studios in the stablyard as enabling development are the preferred solutions. This paper takes in to account the comprehensive market analysis.

Market Analysis
View this on the Council website  here. This puts Broomfield in a wider context and develops the concept of the growing potential for creative studio workshop places which it assesses presents an opportunity to capitalise and gain market share for this market.

Cost Model
View this on the Council website  here. Finally, this covers in detail the refurbishment/rebuild costs for Broomfield House, the stableyard buildings and four options for their use, the demolition of the row of 1960’s houses in the stableyard and (should it come to it) for the demolition of Broomfield House itself.

Next Steps
These studies form the basis of an approach to the market which Enfield will be making in the near future to seek informal expressions of interest in the project. A lot hangs on this: the balance between public access and commercial and grant inputs may face us with difficult choices, and if this was not enough, demolition of the House is regrettably an option if funding cannot be found.

Colin Younger
Chair, The Broomfield House Trust

***The LBE website now includes the  Gazetteer annex to the Conservation Management  Plan. This 277 page paper covers every known feature in the Park, including ones of which only the faintest signs now exist and which would need further research, including by archaeologists, to understand.  There are short notes on description, background, significance and any management action suggested for each item, photographs and location maps.

Position as at 1 June 2016

Following a meeting with a Heritage Lottery Fund Development Officer on 15 April and the Broomfield House Partnership Board meeting on 17 May the situation is as follows.

A project enquiry form has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund in order to open formal communications. Any request for funding may differ from the details in this as experience dictates.

LBE property staff are to have informal discussions with advisors about how best to pitch any approach to the market seeking commercial partners.

LBE are in dialogue with the Princes Regeneration Trust, Architectural History Fund and the Association of Building Preservation Trusts about providing a seminar on governance and funding. If the scheme to restore and redevelop the House and Stableyard goes ahead, one option will be for LBE to relinquish ownership, in which case a receiving trust might need to be established. It may be that both LBE and the current Broomfield House Trust and possibly the Friends of Broomfield Park will be represented on such a new Trust.

LBE has provided a letter of support to go with a request for funding from the Broomfield House Trust to produce a digital history of the House in the context of the Park and the local area. Both the HLF and Historic England have encouraged this bid. Included in this plan is recording a restoration of two representative examples from the Lanscroon mural. We hope to submit the bid shortly.

Colin Younger
Chair, The Broomfield House Trust

12 February 2016

Lime Avenue Replanting Begins
The work to replant the double lime tree avenue in Broomfield Park has begun at last, after bad weather caused a short delay. Three trees been planted and positions for many others have been staked out.

Click here to see the full report with more pictures.

Colin Younger
Deputy Chair, Broomfield House Trust

31 January 2016

Broomfield House: Latest Developments – Public Consultation
Over the past year in preparation for a possible bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, a team of consultants has carried out a major set of surveys and studies which has produced a wealth of up to date information on all aspects of the House, Stableyard and Park. The core document, the Conservation Management Plan, is still in late draft, but a short summary of it was made available online to inform the first phase of public consultation, which closed on 30 November 2015. The Trust and Friends were unhappy with some aspects of  the consultation, including with the way that key questions were worded, but we have to say that the outcome has been encouraging from our point of view. The consultation addressed two main issues, what should happen to the House and Stable Block, and how should it be funded. What follows is our own interim view of the results.

What should happen to the House and Stable Block?
There was a fairly even split between those who favoured use as a heritage, arts and cultural centre (38%) and those who supported the idea of a "community hub" (34%). However, there may be an overlap in the minds of respondents over exactly what these terms cover. The next group, who supported commercial development, totalled less than 10%. However, in practice some degree of "commercial" activity is likely to be necessary in any outcome in order to fund restoration and running costs. How this is viewed might depend on how "commercial" is defined. Is a café "commercial" and to be opposed, or if part of a community hub or an arts centre, a solution to be supported? 9% favoured demolition or retention as a ruin. Residential development was supported by only 5%.

How should it be funded?
There were four questions under this heading.

1   Almost 90% strongly agreed or tended to agree that the Council should seek grants to part fund the restoration of the House and Stable Block.

2   74% strongly agreed or tended to agree with the idea that that the Council should part fund the restoration from Council money.

3   Almost 60% strongly agreed or tended to agree that the Council should work with a business/commercial interest to fund or part fund the restoration and running costs of the House and Stable Block. However only 26% strongly agreed with this and almost 27% strongly disagreed or tended to disagree.

4   52% agreed that the Council should look at development within the Stableyard to help fund any restoration. However only about 20% strongly supported this and 27% strongly disagreed or tended to disagree.

The studies noted above make a number of recommendations about how the historic aspects of the park, particularly the Baroque water gardens, might be restored, but this is a longer term issue not addressed by this consultation.

The Partnership Board is currently looking at working up a number of options for use of the House and Stableyard to be put to a further round of public consultation. This will probably begin around Easter 2016. This will take into account the likely viability of possible options.  It seems likely that the Stableyard will be included in the options for the House, which has always been our favoured position. As always the conflict will be between our objectives to maximise public/community use and the need to generate capital for rebuilding and cover any running costs.

If none of the options are judged to be practical, and funding fails to cover capital and running costs then very regrettably demolition of Broomfield House may be unavoidable. Lottery tickets anyone?

Colin Younger
Deputy Chair, Broomfield House Trust

7 September 2015

The Future of Broomfield House and Broomfield Park

Both the Broomfield House Trust and Enfield Council had stalls at the Palmers Green Festival on 6 September to publicise the major public consultation now underway on the future of Broomfield House Stableyard and the wide park.

The survey, which is open until 30 November, can be found at  Enfield Council's website. Paper copies of the questionaire should be returned via your local library or direct to Sam Abelman, Strategic Planning and Design, Enfield Council, Silver Street EN1 3XA.

Please ensure that you read the Conservation Management Plan, clickable on the same page, to understand the current situation, and hopefully go on to support the rebuilding with the maximum community access. In our view demolition, retaining as a ruin or residential development are non-starters. A balance needs to be drawn between commercial inputs, which will be needed to raise both capital and running costs and an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund if we are to maximise public and community access to the House and the Stableyard.

Colin Younger
Deputy Chair, Broomfield House Trust

3 September 2015

The Future of Broomfield House and Broomfield Park

Palmers Green Festival
The public consultation on the future of Broomfield House, Stableyard and the wider Park is being launched by Enfield Council this week. This will largely be carried out on line but there will be an opportunity to pick up hard copies of the questionnaire and essential background material at the Palmers Green Festival on Sunday.

Enfield will have a stall where this material can be picked up. It’s hoped one of the consultants will be available to assist with answering enquiries, help explain the Conservation Management Plan (see below) and how the next step, the Options Appraisal for the future, will work.   

The Broomfield House Trust will also have a stall at the Festival, and will be happy to give its own perspective on the way ahead.

The Questionnaire

The questionnaire can be found at :-
http://www.enfield.gov.uk/info/867/current_consultations/3902/the_future_of_broomfield_house

The key background study – the Conservation Management Plan – has been produced on the recommendation of Historic England. A summary of its key points is the same site. This should be read before the questionnaire is completed because it sets out the key issues, briefly describes the current situation, and lists possible options for the future.  Not currently available is a 250 page gazetteer listing all the architectural, historical and archaeological features in the Park, significant numbers of which are not properly understood. However the CMP reflects these more detailed findings.

It’s vital that there is a positive response to the questionnaire if the Park is to have a future in which the views of the local community are taken in to account. Unfortunately responses to the questionnaire have been limited to one per household.

Colin Younger
Deputy Chair, Broomfield House Trust

25 August 2015

The Broomfield House Model

After being refurbished by Ralph Hutchings (who has also made the special wheeled display table) the model is now on show in Scrivens Opticians, Green Lanes, where it will be until 4 September. It will then be removed, to be available for the PG Festival on 6 September. After this it will be transferred to Multiyork on Green Lanes , where it will remain until Friday 18 September. We are negotiating for it to be on display in the newly refurbished Palmers Green Library which reopens to the public on Monday 21 September.

We are grateful for the support we have had from Ralph, Scrivens, Multiyork and Connect Property Management where the model was on display previously.
As indicated above we intend to have a stall at the Palmers Green Festival where, depending on the weather, the model will be on display. Come along to see it and hear about the latest developments. At the same event Enfield Council should be launching the public consultation on the future of the House and Stableyard and the wider park at their own stall.

Colin Younger
Deputy Chair, Broomfield House Trust

18 May 2015

Work on the two aspects of the Donald Insall Partners programme (the Conservation Management Plan for the Park, and the Options Appraisal) continues. The former is to be discussed at the next Partnership Board in June (though we expect to see a draft well before then). The Trustees have met with the consultants preparing the Options exercise and suggested a number of lines of approach.

We have registered our concerns about timing and duration the public consultation exercise, but have not yet had direct discussion with the company engaged to carry this out. We are meeting LBE officers and will raise this again.

The Trustees are also continuing the programme of visits to heritage properties – we have arranged to visit Arundel Museum and re-visit Clissold Park. These visits give us invaluable insights in to how these properties are managed and financed.

We have also got agreement with Enfield Museum staff to repair and refurbish the 1951 model of Broomfield House prior to putting it on display locally as part of the Trustees’ fund raising and publicity programme. Ralph Hutchings has kindly agreed to carry out this work.

Colin Younger
Deputy Chair, Broomfield House Trust

12 March 2015

Conservation Management Plan


Work on this is well underway, and Trust members and officers from LBE have met with some of the team involved in gathering data on site.

Colin Younger
Deputy Chair, Broomfield House Trust

15 February 2015

Learning from others: Trustee visits

Trustees have been following up on a list of contacts provided by Marilyn Scott who was engaged by Enfield to advise on fund raising and business planning related to the restoration of Broomfield House.

So far we have spent time with the Trustees at West House in Pinner and the Chief Executive of the Fulham Palace Trust. These are, overall, very different to Broomfield House, but discussions reveal aspects of their situations which could be relevant, and in particular their mix of revenue earning and public access. Possible future visits include to Arundel Museum.

Trustees have previously visited a number of historic properties, for example Clissold Park and House in Hackney and Valentine's Mansion and Gardens in Redbridge. We may revisit some properties to see how things are going: it appears that some trusts are facing challenges to their original business plans.

To open a Word document with some pictures of these historic properties click here.


Colin Younger
Deputy Chair, Broomfield House Trust

20 January 2015

Broomfield House - where are we now - II?

The current situation is as follows.

The Broomfield House Project Board has met twice with a third meeting scheduled for 26 January. This is chaired by Councillor Bambos Charalambous and The Broomfield House Trust and the Friends of Broomfield Park are on the Board.  [see mission statement, terms of reference and membership – now to include two FoBP representatives under the Documents tab]

A Structural Appraisal of Broomfield House has been carried out to assess the current stability and integrity of the remaining historic fabric. The appraisal showed that the walls are repairable and can be retained. Some essential work is being carried out to ensure the continued safety of the structure during the next phase (see below). The appraisal of the stableblock discovered some issues with water penetration, but so far as we know, no fundamental problems.

Separately, experts have examined the sections of the Lanscroon murals taken into safe storage after initial conservation work in 1984. All the wall sections, but regrettably only about 10% of the ceiling remains. Further work is to be carried out on the detailed condition of the painted surfaces and on options for re-mounting wall sections, initially perhaps as smaller examples of what can be achieved. Recommendations were also made about further safeguarding storage of the mural sections.

A Conservation Management Plan has commissioned by the Council which covers the whole park and all its structures.

An Options Appraisal has also been commissioned which will build on this and examine the whole range of possible futures for the House, Stableyard and park.

The respected consultants, Donald Insall Associates (who have worked on Broomfield House in the past) are carrying out these two exercises. Trust members will be meeting their staff shortly.

These two processes were recommended by English Heritage as a framework under which to resolve all the issues concerned with conservation challenges such as we are faced with in Broomfield Park. This approach has been successfully used in the much larger Gunnersbury Park project. This process is currently underway in Grovelands Park, which was itself on the English Heritage At Risk register because of the absence of a comprehensive management plan for the complete historic landscape split as it is between Enfield, the Priory and Thames Water.

The Heritage Lottery Fund recommended that rather than applying again for a Heritage Grant, that the Council and Trust look at a new way of funding. This is through an Enterprise Grant under which the Heritage Lottery Fund covers the "conservation deficit". Their advice is that an approach to the Parks for People fund would be appropriate to cover our wider project plans.

The Enterprise Grant system is a relatively new scheme, and as yet it is not clear how it would be applied to Broomfield House and Stableyard. The Trust remains committed to community use of these buildings, and will press to maximise this, though from the outset we understood that the scheme had to be financially viable.

The Broomfield House Trust has met with the Heritage Lottery Fund representative to discuss how this works. London examples which have benefitted from Enterprise grants include  The Bothy, Avenue House, Barnet
and the the Fellowship Inn, Lewisham.

We were also pointed to starter grants which are available from the HLF, which can be used for "meanwhile" activities – explaining/presenting heritage, and arousing interest in the larger restoration project, and we are considering how we might use these.

Following introductions arranged by an expert on funding and managing similar projects who was appointed by LBE, Trustees have begun a programme of meeting our opposite numbers involved in saving and running other historic sites. We had of course already consulted with similar groups prior to making the joint LBE-Trust application for a Heritage grant, so this exercise adds to and updates that experience against a changed bid process.

Colin Younger
Deputy Chair, Broomfield House Trust

10 September 2014

Broomfield House - where are we now?

As reported earlier (see recent news items) following the meeting on May chaired by council leader Doug Taylor things are moving ahead. The current situation is as follows.

A Broomfield House Project Board is being established. This will be chaired by Councillor Bambos Charalambous and The Broomfield House Trust will be represented on this Board.

A new Structural Appraisal of Broomfield House has just been carried out. This is to assess the current stability and integrity of the remaining historic fabric. Although the report is not completed the appraisal has shown that the walls are repairable and can be retained. Some essential work is being considered to ensure the continued safety of the structure.

Separately, experts have examined the sections of the Lanscroon murals taken into safe storage after initial conservation work in 1984. All the wall sections, but regrettably only about 10% of the ceiling remains. Further work is to be carried out on the detailed condition of the painted surfaces and on options for re-mounting wall sections, initially perhaps as smaller examples of what can be achieved.

A Conservation Management Plan is being commissioned by the Council which covers the whole park and all its structures.

An Options Appraisal is also being commissioned which will build on this and examine the whole range of possible futures for the House, Stableyard and park.

These two processes have been recommended by English Heritage as a framework under which to resolve all the issues concerned with conservation challenges such as we are faced with in Broomfield Park. This approach has been successfully used in for example the much larger Gunnersbury Park project, and is also underway in Grovelands Park.

The Heritage Lottery Fund now recommend that rather than applying again for a Heritage Grant, that the Council and Trust look at a new way of funding. This is through an Enterprise Grant under which the Heritage Lottery Fund covers the "conservation deficit".

This is a relatively new scheme, and as yet it is not clear how it would be applied to Broomfield House and Stableyard. The Broomfield House Trust remains committed to community use of these buildings, and will press to maximise this, though from the outset we understood that the scheme had to be financially viable.

Colin Younger
Deputy Chair, Broomfield House Trust

3 July 2014

There has been no indication of what's behind the hoarding around Broomfield House, or what might be happening to the ruin for far too long. Two of these new notices now remedy that lack. The BHT provided the wording, and LBE the notices.

Colin Younger

Deputy Chair,
Broomfield House Trust

1 July 2014

Members of the Trust met with Enfield Council Leader Doug Taylor at his invitation on 20 June. In addition to other Councillors, senior officers, and business representatives, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) was represented by Michael Murray, who was involved in the last bid for HLF support.

Things are on the move again. Enfield has now commissioned a condition survey on Broomfield House itself (due to report at the end of June), the condition survey on the Lanscroon Murals, and has begun to prepare a conservation management plan for the park as a whole. The key will be what the condition survey says about Broomfield House. The critical question is how much original material of heritage value remains.

The HLF are advocating consideration of the Enterprise grant scheme for the House, and a bid to the Parks for People fund for the wider park. The former is new to us and needs careful consideration, but our aim remains to maximise community use of the House and Stableyard whatever sources of funding are used.


Colin Younger
Deputy Chair, Broomfield House Trust

28 May 2014

There have been two important meetings in May 2014.

First, we had a meeting with representatives of English Heritage (EH) as a follow-up to the inspection of the Lanscroon murals. The EH recommended that a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) covering the whole of Broomfield Park, similar to the one now underway for Grovelands Park, should be prepared, to be followed by an equally comprehensive, holistic options study.  EH emphasised that all options including some degree of commercial involvement would need to be addressed. This process had been successfully used to resolve issues over the redevelopment of Gunnersbury Park, a bigger and more complex site covered by two local authorities. EH believed that an updated condition survey of BH and associated artefacts would need to be done before an updated rebuilding cost estimate was produced. EH were more flexible than in the past about how modern materials and methods could reduce costs, but emphasised that restoration of the Lanscroon murals was the key to the project.

The second meeting was with Enfield officers and an expert on such projects and associated funding.
Enfield agreed to commission the CMP which will be subject to tender. We offered to begin work on some of the inputs to the CMP.

The fundraiser emphasised a need to have a robust management arrangement, and to have undertaken a realistic and convincing market-tested business plan. On this latter, she emphasised the importance of being able to demonstrate sustainability into the future; this put emphasis on the strength of the Trust, any continuing volunteer input, and the need to examine how a commercial partner might be involved. In essence this meant going beyond the stage 1 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) case, but would be essential to deal with any HLF questions and to engage and convince other funding bodies to invest. We were advised to visit West House in Pinner, which is of a similar scale to BH. Non-HLF funding bodies would only support Trust-based organisations, but, subject to these many hurdles being passed, it appears that Enfield would be willing to extend a long (999 year) less to the Trust.

We also have learned that Enfield have now commissioned the essential condition survey and report on the Lanscroon murals.

There is also news of a key meeting with the Council Leader, Doug Taylor on 20 June, following meetings he has held with Heritage Lottery Fund. We don’t know what line he will be taking, but, it seems likely that the themes noted above will appear, and no one imagines that the BH saga can continue as before, and some difficult choices may be on the horizon.  

Colin Younger
Deputy Chair, Broomfield House Trust

24 March 2014

The Community Matters collection at Palmers Green Waitrose in February has resulted in £280 being donated to The Broomfield House Trust.  

I’d like to thank all those who placed their green tokens into the BHT slot, and to Waitrose for hosting our appeal.

Colin Younger

Deputy Chair,
Broomfield House Trust

26 February 2014

The Lanscroon Murals: After the fire….long after the fire!

One of uncertainties about the scope and cost of the rebuilding of Broomfield House has been the condition of the mural panels and fragments.

Immediately after the 1984 fire salvage and  emergency preservation work was undertaken, and the wall panels and ceiling fragments were removed and enclosed in purpose built, tailor made crates.  In our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund a notional sum of £850,000 was allocated to murals, on the assumption that if we were successful in the Stage 1 bid, the HLF would allocate development funds part of which could be used to pay for the expert conservation work needed to refine this estimate.  

Given the potential risk that examination of the murals without the appropriate conservation back up might result in inadvertent damage there has been reluctance to open the boxes.

On 25 February, as a result of an initiative by Ivor Evans, a team made up of Enfield’s Principal Heritage Officer Christine White, Stephen Paine an expert restorer and Lanscroon enthusiast,
Clair Brady, Building Inspector from English Heritage, Dr Robyn Pender a Senior Architectural Conservator and Tracy Manning, Consultant both from the Building Conservation and Research Team, English Heritage, examined the material in store.

For the Trust this could have been a make or break occasion, since the murals are a key part of the listing status of Broomfield House. I’m pleased and relieved to report that the examination went well. All the experts were very confident that the material was in good condition and that the original salvage and preservation work had stood the test of time. The enthusiasm for both the relatively unappreciated Lanscroon and the rebuilding project was encouraging and bodes well for the expert and professional support the next bid to the HLF would attract.

We are now pressing LBE to commission a full condition survey be carried out to establish exactly what needs to be done and at what cost to reinstate the remaining elements of the murals in a rebuilt Broomfield House. This cost of this would be a matter of negotiation, but informally we understand that this would not be prohibitive. Whatever strategy is pursued over Broomfield House this will be an essential exercise.

We were able to see other material salvaged after the fire, including sections of the important staircase (the rails and barleycorn twist uprights) and various other decorative features from which replicas could be fashioned to replace missing elements.


All in all a good day!


Colin Younger
: Deputy Chair, Broomfield House Trust

7 December 2013
Those who watched the BBC1 programme "Restoring England’s Heritage" coverage of Broomfield House will be in no doubt about the need for significant investment to restore the House and re-open it to the community.

However, the programme showed what can be done with the right level of funding, even to a badly damaged and neglected building.

What wasn’t presented was the significant progress made by the Council and community groups working together to approach the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The community group drafted the initial joint approach, and the Council funded the expert development of the actual bid which was made with very significant further inputs from the community group.

The programme didn’t have time to explain that the HLF specifically don’t want the Council to increase its contribution beyond the £1m which they have pledged; instead they want a wider range of contributors to become involved.

The estimated costs of rebuilding and restoring Broomfield House and reopening it to the public are £6.4m. The indications are that the HLF will look positively at a revised bid for £2m, and Enfield has pledged £1m. Working with Enfield, we are now looking for a donor or donors who will make significant pledges of the same order. We hope that the programme might have sparked the interest of such generous sources. In the meantime we do need contributions, of any size, to fund the continued work of the Broomfield House Trust.

Colin Younger
Broomfield House Trust

BBC "RESTORING BRITAIN'S HERITAGE" FEATURING BROOMFIELD HOUSE

2 December 2013
We now have a firm transmission slot for the BBC film. It's scheduled for 7.30pm Thursday 5th December on BBC1 (London region only) under the title "Restoring England's Heritage". The Radio Times wording is "Gyles Brandreth examines historic London buildings in desperate need of restoration".

That's an accurate statement about Broomfield House, but whether the film takes an optimistic or pessimistic tone about our plans remains to be seen.

Colin Younger
Broomfield House Trust

15 November 2013
BBC RETURNS TO BROOMFIELD HOUSE


Filming for a BBC-commissioned programme as a follow-up to the 2003 series "Restoration" series took place in Broomfield Park on 11 November. The two presenters,
Ptolemy Dean and Marianne Suhr were filmed in the Conservatory discussing their original visit to Broomfield House in 2003, and outside the ruin viewing its current state. It seems unlikely that they would be doing anything less than shaking their heads in sorrow! Indeed they may have been heard to use the words "national disgrace", but how much will be aired remains to be seen.

Later, under the Bandstand, Councillor Del Goddard was interviewed, and from what we heard spoke positively about recent efforts to restore the House and open it to the community, and what might happen next. Various members of the working group were then interviewed about their ideas and ambitions for the House.  We are all very conscious of the funding issues involved in re-opening the House and Stable yard, and hope that the film might reach an individual or organisation with both sympathy and the funds to help raise the capital needed.

The programme also squeezes in restoration work on three or four other historic properties in the London area. It will be broadcast in the BBC1 Monday 7.30pm slot possibly as early as 2 December.

25 September 2013
During the summer it’s been difficult to maintain progress as quickly as we might have wished, however, there are renewed signs of progress.

Enfield have engaged the services of an experienced practitioner,
Marilyn Scott, to advise on the key issue of fund raising, and a meeting with her has been scheduled for 25 October.

Marilyn Scott has worked in Museums and the Heritage sector all her career, following graduation from the University of Leeds with a degree in Art History. She has an MA in Higher Education and was responsible for setting up and managing the postgraduate programme in Heritage and Museum Management at The University of Greenwich.

She is currently Director of the Lightbox, a lottery-funded new museum and gallery in Woking, Surrey. She has recently retired after five years as a member of Culture South East and has served as member for Culture on the Regional Assembly for the South East. She sits on the Professional Development committee of The Museums Association and has also been a professional fundraiser in the heritage and arts sector. Marilyn formerly worked at The Victoria and Albert Museum for 15 years, in the Department of Corporate Affairs and has also worked as a Property Manager for The National Trust in the South East.

She has a passionate interest in giving access to heritage to as wide an audience as possible and also in facilitating small not-for-profit organisations to achieve their aspirations with limited funding and resource. Marilyn is curatorial adviser to three independent museums in Surrey and Berkshire and works with local friends groups in Surrey who are helping to preserve two at-risk heritage sites. She is also a consultant for The British Council, International Council of Museums (ICOM) and UNESCO on museums and travels widely advising museums on fundraising and income generation.


Members of the Working Group met with David Burrowes MP in early September to discuss our plans. We will be maintaining contact with him as we progress.

The Broomfield House Trust had a stall in Broomfield Park during the Palmers Green Festival to publicise our continued determination to rebuild Broomfield House. There was a gratifying degree of support evident which bodes well for the future. We owe thanks to all the people who took time away from all the other stalls and entertainments to speak with us and who kindly donated some much needed funding to the Trust. We collected £52 on the day, which will put it to good use.

This, and the great success of the Palmers Green Festival which saw literally thousands of visitors to the Park, will be useful evidence when discussing the way ahead with Marilyn Scott.

Colin Younger
Broomfield House Trust


25 July 2013
broomfield house film

Christine Lalla has made a beautiful film intended to support our plans to rebuild and reopen Broomfield House to the public.  

She interviewed a number of local residents to record their memories of the House and Park, and courtesy of Jan Metcalfe of the Library and Museum Service, was able  to film some of the stored artefacts which were once the pride of the displays in Broomfield House.  

Also featured are aspects of the Conservatory, the Orchard and various other parts of the park.

17 May 2013

Broomfield House - Next Steps
After further considering the HLF verdict on our Stage 1 bid we have had further discussion with Enfield Council on our next steps. As reported at the Friends of Broomfield Park Open Meeting on 8 May, we now have a better idea of what the HLF is likely to fund and what our joint approach should be. Rather than fundamentally change our objectives for the House, we have agreed to concentrate on exploring in more detail what funding might be available from major charitable/heritage sources to add to a reduced bid to HLF.  We had always understood that this would be part of the Stage 2 bid, but it appears that doing this in advance would strengthen a renewed bid for reduced Stage 1 funding.

Unfortunately this exploration will not be funded by the development grant element of a successful Stage 1 bid, but we are pleased that Enfield will now engage a fundraiser to carry this out.  It would have been much easier to seek other sources of funding had we got a concrete financial commitment from the HLF, but we do have their positive evaluation of key elements of the existing bid, and guidance on how to make it even stronger.

Part of this is to explain in more detail how we see Broomfield House fitting in to the proposed wider Park bid, and in particular with the Stableyard. Again, we had understood this to be a later requirement, but it now seems to be needed at the earlier stage.

There’s no point in denying that finding this additional funding will be a challenge, but we are determined to explore every avenue.   

Both Broomfield House and the
Stable Block are on the English Heritage at Risk Register, and we are currently looking to arrange a joint meeting with the appropriate team in order to see what help and advice they might have.

From Broomfield House Working Group:

Colin Younger - Broomfield House Trust
Laki Marangos – Friends of Broomfield Park

18 March 2013

HLF Bid - further information
Council officers and representatives of the Broomfield House Working Group met with Heritage Lottery Fund officers on the 5th March to discover what happened when the National Memorial Fund board discussed our joint bid. The good points are that the officers’ report recommended a first round pass for the £4.175M and an award of £0.296M to develop the project. The bad news, as we already know, is that the board was unable to agree. On the day they met to consider our bid there were ten new projects to evaluate and £12m available and in the event only four of the projects were awarded funding. None of the projects were as challenging as ours, so risk was a factor in the board’s judgement. Our bid had strong heritage and community attributes and the HLF commented positively on the close working relationship between the Working Group and the Council. Encouragingly, the board were interested in a better understanding of the master plan for the House, Park and Stable Yard, which was not actually required to be developed in the initial bid, though we had noted our intentions to develop this in later stages.

The Council and the Working Group are now considering their next steps. Options include reducing the physical scale of the rebuilding (perhaps only restore the oldest part of the House), and/or seeking significant additional funding from non-HLF sources.  In addition, but also in an attempt to reduce risk identified by the HLF, further examination of the stored salvaged artefacts (staircase and mural remains) might be carried out. We could then perhaps proceed on the basis of a bid to the London HLF committee for less capital than the recent bid, which should stand a greater chance of success, but there is much to ponder over in the light of the debrief we were given.

Colin Younger - Broomfield House Trust
Laki Marangos – Friends of Broomfield Park

1 February 2013

HLF Bid for Broomfield House Restoration unsuccessful
The bid was submitted in October 2012, and we are very sorry that we learned last week it was unsuccessful.
We are currently waiting for a formal letter from the UK Heritage Lottery Fund that will provide detail regarding their concerns about the proposal. However, in their communication with Enfield Council they expressed that the HLF London Committee is happy to be a contributor to any further scheme and HLF officers have indicated a willingness to meet with us to examine future options and next steps. So, despite this initial set-back, we have not given up hope to create a Community Hub in Broomfield Park, and we will be looking for continued support as we work with the Council to improve the application.
We will post further news here to let supporters know how things are progressing.

7 January 2013
Wanted - your memories and photographs of Broomfield House before the fires
The film director Christine Lalla has kindly volunteered to produce a film about Broomfield House to help raise money and volunteers for the project to restore the House and to help boost our chances of obtaining a Heritage Lottery Fund. If you have any old photos or film footage of the House in pre-fires days or any "memories" that could be used in the film, please email the FoBP Webmaster and we will arrange to pass them on.

22 October 2012
Stage 1 HLF bid submitted to Heritage Lottery Fund
Following Enfield Council's Cabinet approval, the £4 million bid was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

  • download HLF Round 1 Submission Drawings PDF

  • download HLF Round 1 Powerpoint Images PDF

We are currently waiting to hear the result of this application: as soon as we have any news, it will be posted here.

10 October 2012
Enfield Council Cabinet approves submission of Stage 1 HLF bid
Enfield Council's Cabinet approves the submission of a £4 million bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in an attempt to save historic Broomfield House.

  • read extract from Enfield Council minutes

8 October 2012
Enfield Council makes £4 million pound bid to save Broomfield
Enfield Council's Cabinet is due to approve the submission of a £4 million bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in an attempt to save historic Broomfield House.
read the full news item on Enfield Council website

13 May 2012
New plan launched to turn Broomfield House in Palmers Green into community centre
A community group has launched its own bid to renovate a Palmers Green landmark into a community centre, museum and café.

  • read the full news item on This is Local London website

  • for more background, read the joint letter from Broomfield House Trust and Friends of Broomfield Park to Del Goddard and Mike Brown (LBE)
 
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