Millthorpe receives York Design Award

Millthorpe School has received a prestigious York Design Award in the restoration and conservation category for work done to restore the exterior of the Main House. Now in their ninth year, the York Design Awards celebrate good design, architecture and building restoration in the city.


One of the four chimney stacks during restoration

From May 2014 to January 2015 the Main House at Millthorpe underwent an extensive refurbishment to help preserve the wonderful period features for many years to come. The project, funded by City of York Council and managed by Houlton, restored the roof, windows, chimney stacks and the stone balustrade to their original glory, using traditional materials and craftsmanship in keeping with the building’s origins as a grand Victorian mansion.


Construction drawings for the balustrade stonework

The exterior of the building, which dates from 1856, has changed remarkably little while the school has grown and changed around it, but many of the original features had become increasingly worn and damaged. The timber sash windows have been repaired to full working order using techniques that are now increasingly rare; and specialist stonemasons William Anelay have undertaken the restoration of the intricately designed balustrade with a combination of repair work to surviving stone sections and the addition of new carved elements mined to order to match the original stone.

We hope this wonderful asset will remain at the heart of the school long into the future.