Work on Saving Time got into full swing after a meeting on 10 February 2016 of all the contractors involved in this project, which will eventually contribute towards the creation of a National Centre for Horology at Upton Hall.
Saving Time is Step 1 of an overall Masterplan for the development of the BHI estate at Upton Hall. In October 2015 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the BHI a Development Grant of £160,300 to progress plans, produce a fully costed proposal and apply for planning permission for Saving Time. And that work has now started in earnest.
The realisation of the Masterplan will eventually see the refurbishment of Upton Hall – a Grade II* listed building, which is included in the Heritage at Risk register kept by Historic England.
The BHI priority in the Masterplan is training and education. This is to address the UK wide shortage of horologists by creating new training and workshop facilities, allowing the BHI to double the number of students it trains over the coming years.
The facilities, created during Saving Time, include new clock and watch workshop spaces in a former stable block and glasshouse adjacent to Upton Hall. Saving Time will also include the refurbishment of the ground floor of the west wing of Upton Hall.
The meeting on 10 February was attended by representatives from all the disciplines involved in a project of this nature, including architects, electrical and mechanical engineers, structural and civil engineers, activity planners, access advisors and fund raisers. They were photographed in front of the former stable block and glasshouse at Upton Hall.