Gibside estate is one of the most important eighteenth-century designed landscapes in the north of England. Having been sold off in separate lots in the 1970s, it has been carefully reassembled by its owners, the National Trust. The designed landscape is registered at Grade I, and it has a large number of listed buildings. These include the Palladian style chapel, designed by James Paine, and a monument to British Liberty, one of the tallest columns on a private estate in England.
The study involved a detailed appraisal of all the buildings and structures on the estate. This included an assessment of their condition, history and significance. The same criteria were applied to character areas across the whole estate so that the values that give the estate its past and present character could be evaluated. The competing needs of structures, gardens, land uses, ecology and health &safety were considered. Together they informed a single strategic plan. The future conservation of the estate was expressed in policies. We considered and illustrated opportunities for change, including re-roofing the ruined hall and orangery, garden restoration, a visitor centre, and the interpretation of the history of agriculture on the estate.
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