The renovation of Bury Mount and the Water Meadows in Towcester town centre has won a high profile national award. The scheme, which was completed in April 2010, won the restoration category at the Museums & Heritage Awards 2011, beating a restoration project at Westminster Abbey into second place.
Hosted by TV personality Sue Perkins, the Awards celebrated achievements in the world of museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions. It is the second award that Bury Mount has won, after being recognised by the British Association of Landscape Industries in December last year.
Originally built in the 12th century, Bury Mount is an ancient medieval fortification which has been renovated as a new public space and historic attraction. It has been revitalised at the same time as the neighbouring Water Meadows, a grade II registered historic park, which has been brought into public ownership and restored for the local community to use and enjoy.
Together, they are the centrepiece of the wider Moat Lane development, which received planning permission in September 2010. The major mixed use development will include the creation of new shops, offices and community facilities, as well as a new hotel and library in Towcester’s historic town centre.
Cllr Rebecca Breese from South Northamptonshire Council, said: “Many local people and visitors enjoy this area, and we are really delighted that it is visited so frequently. It’s a great achievement to be recognised at the Museums & Heritage Awards, and we are honoured that our region has been recognised nationally.”
Chris Garden, WNDC’s Director of Regeneration and Development said: “It wasn’t that long ago that Bury Mount and the Water meadows were inaccessible, forgotten gems. After a significant amount of investment, it very satisfying to see them being enjoyed by local people and recognised with major national awards”