Kelmarsh Hall – Northamptonshire
Kelmarsh Hall is a grade I listed building. It was designed by James Gibbs and constructed in 1732. In the 1930’s it was the home of the famous interior decorator and garden designer, Nancy Lancaster. The Kelmarsh Estate is now run by a preservation trust which is committed to preserving the hall, gardens and surrounding grounds for access by the public.
To date, GSSArchitecture have carried out the refurbishment of the South Pavilion, which flanks the main house, to form new visitors’ facilities and offices; planned maintenance surveys of the house itself and, separately, all of the estate cottages (25); the refurbishment of the Ballroom and the previously derelict basement.
Over the last few years GSSArchitecture have been working with the Trust to upgrade the existing facilities to meet more onerous access requirements and the expectations of visitors to the building. The aim has been to achieve these goals by minor intervention and with respect to the building and its contents.