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Waltham Forest wins National Lottery support towards revitalising 18th century historic building

Waltham Forest Council has received nearly £80,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project exploring options to revitalise the 18th century Grade II* listed Chestnuts House in Walthamstow, and bring it back into use for the benefit of the local community.

The project will look at establishing the building as a historic and heritage asset for the borough, assessing its current state and exploring ways to secure its future. Thanks to National Lottery players, the Council will also ensure that the project offers significant opportunities for young people to develop their skills and learn more about heritage.

Chestnuts House is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Waltham Forest. Over time it has had many different uses including a private house, hospital and training centre. The building was placed on Historic England’s Buildings at Risk register last year, and requires a major programme of repairs and upgrading to bring it back to beneficial use.

The project will also investigate ways that Chestnuts House could be utilised as an asset for the local community. One option that the Council will be exploring is the possibility of using the building as a new creative enterprise centre, providing accessible working space for the borough’s growing number of creative businesses to establish, develop and thrive. The Council is also open to other opportunities and will welcome suggestions from the local community.

As well as the funding from HLF the Council will contribute £20,000 towards the project.

Cllr Clare Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that we have secured a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund that will allow us to start work on bringing one of the borough’s finest heritage assets back into use. Chestnuts House is one of the best surviving and least altered examples of Georgian architecture in Waltham Forest, and we want to ensure that it is preserved for future generations to enjoy. I look forward to seeing how this exciting project develops.”

Stuart Hobley, Head of HLF London, said: “Chestnuts House reflects the social and economic heritage of Walthamstow throughout the centuries. We’re delighted that money raised by National Lottery players can enable Waltham Forest Council to explore how to bring new life to this important local landmark and work towards creating a community asset for the 21st century and beyond.”

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