WALTON Hall's restored conservatories have been recognised for transforming the everyday lives of residents.

The Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North West has shortlisted the project along with 28 other constructions across the region for their role in the community.

The winner of the Social Impact Awards will be announced at a grand final later this year.

Walton Hall and Gardens officially unveiled the glasshouses to the public on Thursday, October 10, after a £2 million restoration programme.

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The conservatories had fallen into disrepair since closing to the public in September 1993.

But Warrington Borough Council secured funds from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2016 in order to bring the greenhouses back to life.

It also welcomed partners Myerscough College and Walton Lea Partnership, who will use the new space to deliver apprenticeships and other opportunities.

Warrington Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure and community, Cllr Tony Higgins, said: "The rejuvenation of the Walton Estate conservatories is a real success story for Warrington, and a fantastic example of how effective partnership work can protect, preserve, and ultimately bring new life to our most treasured historic assets.

"It’s fantastic news that the project, and its success, is being recognised by the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors.

"The conservatories are an integral part of the community and heritage of the estate, and will ensure lasting and sustainable benefits for local people to enjoy for years to come.

"Our glasshouses shine once again as an iconic centrepiece for Walton Hall – creating opportunities for learning, development and volunteering.

"I wish the team the best of luck at the grand final later this year and hope this project, and everyone who worked hard to make it a success, gets the recognition they deserve."

Matthew Howell, RICS UK managing director said: "The real estate industry plays a vital role in the north west, and our refreshed awards celebrates the positive impact that our professionals can have on people's lives and the best of what is built.

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"This year’s shortlist features some of the best talent in our profession, and the new Social Impact Awards recognises the significant value these projects have brought to the communities around them.

"The judges will have their work cut out deciding on who gets the top award with so many top projects involved.

"I’m also delighted to be supporting The Prince’s Trust in getting young people into construction.

"Our shortlists showcase projects which have been turning people’s lives around, whether that’s through apprenticeships for young people, rehabilitating ex-offenders or regenerating towns and cities to make them more inclusive, and we hope that promoting these will encourage more talent into a profession that can really make a difference."

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The Walton Hall conservatories are shortlisted in the heritage category.

Other categories include commercial, education, healthcare, leisure, residential and student accommodation sectors.