First designs released of Dollis Hill House legacy

Mansion to be knocked down and replaced with a memorial

The first designs showing what will replace a historic mansion in Gladstone Park have been revealed.

Dollis Hill House is a Grade II listed building which was once a favoured holiday retreat for Prime Minister William Gladstone and American author Mark Twain.

But Brent Council is preparing to knock the Regency villa down, despite opposition.

Today, the council released its first image of what the site will look like.

Approved by English Heritage, the plans include community open air venue incorporating original brickwork from the house and a memorial.

There is seating and additional greenery where it is hoped visitors can relax and unwind at the historic venue.

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Councillor James Powney, lead member of environment and neighbourhood services, said: “We have always been mindful of Dollis Hill House’s history and I am happy there will be a lasting legacy to honour it. Currently the building is unsightly and costly to maintain.

“Next spring, for the first time in nearly two decades the site will once again be available for public use. Residents will be able to utilise a performance space on a historical backdrop to include original brick work, including a window, from Dollis Hill House as well as a memorial.”

The demolition is expected to take place in December and January. Preparations for demolition will be taking place prior to this. The open air venue is scheduled to open in spring 2012.

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