Board members and staff gathered at St Ann's Well last week to celebrate the successful completion of essential renovation work to this popular tourist spot.
The project to restore this Grade II listed building was completed over the autumn and winter of 2017 and reopened to the public in February 2018. MHT was also joined for the evening by architect Matthew Gullick and Shaun Morris Builders who carried out the work. John Redman, St Ann's Well cafe tenant, put on a wide selection of sandwiches with home made bread and delicious cakes for the evening's celebration.
The restoration plans were drawn up by local Architect Matthew Gullick, working closely with MHDC Conservation Officers and Historic England, to carefully protect the sensitive historic features of this listed building.
The works contract was carried out by another local company, Shaun Morris Builders, who undertook the external repairs and restoration works to the roof, rainwater goods, windows and side elevation. Inside a full refit of the café, kitchen and internal facilities have been undertaken including electrical, plumbing, damp-proofing, drainage and heating systems.
Duncan Bridges, CEO of the Trust said ‘St Ann’s Well is a well known feature on the Hills, but had reached a stage where the fabric of the building needed sorting out. This project was aimed at restoring and refreshing the historic exterior of the property, while at the same time bringing the internal services of the building into the 21st Century. We are delighted with the works that have been achieved, which will ensure St Ann’s is fit for purpose for many years to come.'