Buile Hill Mansion in Salford is set to receive an extra £270,000 worth of funding, which will to go towards the renovation of the building.
The Grade II listed building was built between 1825 and 1827 for the first elected Mayor of Manchester, Thomas Potter, and has been closed since 2000.
The funding is coming from section 106 contributions, which are made from developers to mitigate the impacts of their developments on the local community.
The mansion, which is expected to re-open in 2024, will include a cafe bar, function room and community meeting room on the ground floor, as well as public toilets.
The upper two floors will host civil wedding ceremonies, along with the registration of births, deaths and marriages.
Mayor of Salford Paul Dennett said, “The project to restore Buile Hill Mansion continues and this extra funding will go towards bringing it back to sustainable use. Overall the project is expected to cost over £5.5 million.
“The £270,000 awarded from section 106 money will be used to fund design and feasibility work, which are absolutely essential before we can progress to a planning application and procurement of the works.
“The council has been working closely with Buile Hill Mansion Association and I would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication as we work on this project. I cannot wait until works are complete and we can officially open the mansion to the public once again.”
Buile Hill Mansion Association said, “The money will be going into the overall pot for the mansion restoration.
“The timings for the restoration will remain the same.”
As well as the restoration of the mansion, volunteers have been maintaining the grounds of Buile Hill Park. The sensory garden in the park was reinstated recently, and now hosts events for the local community.
To celebrate Mothers’ Day (Sunday 27th March), there will be 160 free daffodil pots which can be collected from the Sensory Garden in Buile Hill Park, between 10am and 12pm. Refreshments will also be provided.
Buile Hill Mansion Association are also organising a litter pick in the park, as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean. This will also take place on Sunday the 27th of March, commencing at 10:30am.
More information on these events is available via their Facebook page.