A Stable Future

What are the 19th Century Stables?

The 19th century stable block is a substantial, unused heritage asset on the important Grade II and II* Delapré Abbey Estate.
We know through our plans, research and consultation that they could become an important hub improving the health and mental wellbeing of and opportunities for our local communities, as well as providing retail spaces and supporting the Trusts long term sustainability.

What is the project?

The A Stable Future project presents an opportunity to secure a financially sustainable future for the Trust and the long term preservation of the whole Abbey site, whilst offering improved wellbeing opportunities for the local community. Through the restoration and repurposing of the former 19th Century Stables, Gate Lodge and Gardeners Cottage, and associated wellbeing and learning programmes.

Following the success of our Thriving Communities programming, we have developed plans, based on market research, comparator studies, an options appraisal and consultation for these to be transformed into a Wellbeing hub that increases access, awareness, education, empowerment, knowledge and control over decisions about physical and psychological health for those that most need it. Alongside the wellbeing hub will be a space for retail units that support an improved visitor experience on site, and support the long term sustainability of the Trust, whilst creating new opportunities for local people.

We have already engaged potential long term and ad hoc occupiers/users for the space. All profits developed from the project through rental income, retail sales, activities and events, will be re-invested into our core charitable functions. This will enable funding for our award winning wellbeing programme in perpetuity and ensure that we can widen our reach and increase our impact.

What is the Local Need?

Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust (DAPT), is located within the Far-Cotton & Delapré ward, which is one of the top 10% most deprived wards in the country – where deprivation has a noticeable impact on the life chances of young people & increased health and associated educational inequalities.

The Wellbeing Hub will provide access to wellbeing support and social prescribing that may prevent the need for primary care referral.

The design and ethos of the stables as a wellbeing hub is being structured to be welcoming to a wide range of people, who might otherwise experience barriers to engaging with heritage and cultural settings.

Through our consultation we know that our visitors desire an increase of retail outlets on the site, alongside a purpose built food & beverage space to support dog walkers, active users and families. In addition, Delparé Abbey is a popular Dog walking site with little provision, the project will include new retail for dog accessories and a self-service dog wash.

 

What the Project will Mean to the Community

Once developed the hub will contribute to improved mental and physical wellbeing for our visitors and raise local pride. The Trust will be able to provide a new purpose built community space that will has been designed in consultation through existing users and service providers. This space will enable us to provide more space for community use, at a low and no cost basis aligned to our wellbeing programme.

In addition, the project will secure the Trusts long term financial sustainability, as a charity that receives no regular revenue funding we have to generate all our income to ensure we can cover our annual expenditure. We do this through income from events, retail, food & beverage, hires, rents and donations, the income from this project will enable the Trust to be financially secure in to the long term, and enable the Trust to progress with its 15 year masterplan – which will make improvements to the former estate.  Enabling the continuing restoration of the site, improvements to the visitor experience and new opportunities for community users.

Based on our economic impact assessment, the stable site and associated buildings could generate a potential GVA in excess of £1.2M for the local economy. The Wellbeing Hub will create 42 new FTE Jobs for local people.

 

What the Project Means to the Trust

Completion of the Stables project will help to deliver on our charitable purposes, deliver financial sustainability and secure the long-term future of the Abbey. Rental and trading income will support us through the long term impact of  covid on tourism and the visitor economy, and increasing overheads due to the cost of living crisis.
It will also underpin our financial model that will ensure delivery of our longer term masterplan, continuing to open and improve access to the wider Abbey site to a wider range of visitors and helping us to preserve the heritage for future generations.

How the Project Will Involve People

■ Connecting people and communities to nature and heritage, improving physical and psychological wellbeing.
■ Creating learning opportunities, work experience and volunteering opportunities that will improve skills, confidence and employability.
■ Financially excluded communities will be able to access the site and engage in free to participate events and workshops linked to the wellbeing hub.
■ It will create a positive focal point for the town, helping to raise pride and aspirations.
■ Creation of a minimum of 42 permanent, FTE jobs for the Northampton community.

How Can You Help?

In June 2022, we successfully secured an NLHF Development Round Grant, and are working towards securing match funding for the Delivery Round and capital works. With total project costs of £4.8M, we have strong opportunities that we are actively pursuing. If we are successful with our National Lottery Heritage Fund Delivery Application, this would require match funding of £2.1m. Of this £2.1m the Trust has raised over £1.2m (March 2024) through generous support from various Trust and Foundations, and Organisations (Please see our Supporters). We are continuing to explore all opportunities and your support could help us to deliver on our vision to create a wellbeing hub for Northampton as part of the Trust’s legacy to the town. 

For more information or to pledge support please email:

astablefuture@delapreabbey.org

Who has Supported?

Development Phase – The Development Phase relates to all aspects of consultation, business planning, design, achieving planning permission, and securing the funding and investment for the Delivery Phase. Works during this period include ecology, structural, asbestos, traffic and services surveys, community consultation, along with financial modelling to ensure the business plan is robust. During the phase the Trust are curating strong community of long term and ad hoc organisations and people who will occupy and activate the spaces.

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Architectural Heritage Fund

Delivery Phase – The Delivery Phase relates to the stages of restoration, construction, programming and finally occupation and operation of the spaces, this phase is dependent on achieving our fundraising goals and a successful National Lottery Heritage Fund – Delivery round application.

Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Architectural Heritage Fund
Historic England
SEMLEP
Constance Travis Charitable Trust
Eric Stanton Northampton Trust
Swire Charitable Trust
Finnis Scott Foundation
Swire Charitable Trust
The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust

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What are the 19th Century Stables?

The 19th century stable block is a substantial, unused heritage asset on the important Grade II and II* Delapré Abbey Estate.
We know through our plans, research and consultation that they could become an important hub improving the health and mental wellbeing of and opportunities for our local communities, as well as providing retail spaces and supporting the Trusts long term sustainability.

 

 

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