News - December 2018

Simon Carr attends Downing Street – 04/12/18

Simon Carr at Downing Street

Managing Director Simon Carr was invited to Downing Street last week as part of his involvement with the Wentworth Woodhouse. As a Trustee, Simon was invited to the event on 15 October at 11 Downing Street by Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to discuss the future of Wentworth Woodhouse, which is set to undergo one of the greatest restoration projects in the country.

The estate consists of several Grade I and II listed buildings, including the mansion house, which have all been affected by severe deterioration, including asbestos, dry rot, leaking roofs, and deteriorating timbers and stone work. Extensive restoration works are now required to rejuvenate the buildings, presenting a significant challenge.

The event launched the Masterplan, which sets out how the buildings will be sympathetically transformed into a mixture of visitor hospitality, commercial, education and event spaces, including accommodation, creating new revenue streams that will secure the financial future and preserve this historic South Yorkshire icon. Others on the guest list included Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rt Hon Michael Ellis MP, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism and the Duke of Devonshire.

Simon is a key figure in the construction industry in South Yorkshire, being a private sector board member of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, the Sheffield City Region Housing Executive Board and Sheffield City Region Transport Executive Board.

“It is a privilege to be part of this prestigious project to restore our past to future generations. Through my role as trustee, it is great that projects such as this bring new skills and employment to the construction sector and will boost our local community.”

Simon Carr, Managing Director, Henry Boot Construction