Robert Woodhead has been appointed to carry out the restoration of Delapre Abbey in Northampton, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The company was awarded the project following a closely contested tender process in which six firms were shortlisted to bid for the contract.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has pledged £3.65 million for the project, which will be rounded up to £6.3 million by Northampton Borough Council and other sources
Councillor Tim Hadland, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning, said: “Now that work to repair the roof is reaching a conclusion, we’ll be able to get down to the real job in-hand – bringing the abbey back into public use.
“The restoration is a long-term project and, as such, will take place in phases as funds allow. The first phase will be to restore some of the building’s most impressive spaces to their former glory.
“We are most grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and English Heritage, whose sizeable contributions have made this work possible.”
Work on the roof has now been completed by Warkton and, with the contract awarded, Robert Woodhead can now begin ordering materials for the first phase of the main restoration.
Simon Butler, Heritage and Conservation Manager at Woodhead Heritage said: “Delapre Abbey is a beautiful building, with an exciting history, dating back to its foundation as a Cluniac monastery in the 12th century.
Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “The Grade II* listed Delapre Abbey is Northampton’s most significant and popular historic building and HLF is proud to be supporting this project that will secure the site for the future and open it up to the public. The appointment of a contractor is a significant milestone and we are excited to see how they intend to drive the project forward.”