Next stage in restoration of historic house
WORK to restore St Helen's House is progressing as planning applications have been submitted to carry out work to the roof and skylights.
Richard Blunt, who is a specialist in restoring historic buildings and acquired a long leasehold interest in St Helen's House, has already started work on the building.
Scaffolding went up and work is under way to completely reroof the 18th-century building, in King Street, and strip out the interior to reveal its former glory.
Now Mr Blunt has applied to Derby City Council for permission to install overflow weirs to the roof for rainwater runoff and to remove three roof lights from the building.
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Mr Blunt said: "Work is still progressing and we are carrying on with what needs to be done to preserve the building."
Mr Blunt is hoping ultimately to find a hotel operator who will take over the renovated building and run it as a hotel.
He also wants to create a crescent shape of terraced houses in the grounds to sell off to recoup his costs.
Derby City Council agreed planning permission but final work to sign off the detailed plans and conditions to the planning application is still ongoing.