78 Derngate Museum, Northampton

About this project

78 Derngate is a Grade II* listed Georgian house in the Cultural Quarter of Northampton, originally built in 1815.  Its interior was extensively remodelled in the early 1900’s by the architect and one of Britain’s most influential and celebrated designers, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  Commissioned for businessman Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke as his first marital home, Mackintosh’s designs for the house are considered to be one of the first examples of the Art Deco style to be seen in Britain.

78 Derngate is the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and is now a multi award-winning visitor attraction, having been meticulously restored and opened to the public.  It is the only place in the world where Mackintosh’s mature architectural and interior style can be seen in their original setting.

NEWS: 78 Derngate Museum has won the Land & Development Award at the 2023 Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards.

78 Derngate

Project solution

Haddonstone was commissioned by Northamptonshire-based MWK Architects to manufacture and supply a broad range of landscaping cast stonework as part of a major extension project at 78 Derngate.

We were delighted to be specified for the project by a local, award-winning, RIBA chartered practice.  Dominic Kramer, Director at MWK Architects, specified Haddonstone specifically in preference to the German stone originally used in the previous 1999 renovation.

This included:

Local building contractors, Cornerhouse Building Contractors, were the main contractors and installers on the project, making this a very successful, local collaboration.

The main part of the project, which was part-funded by the government, centres on the renovation to the atrium and the creation of a new ‘learning garden’, tearoom and improved disabled access.

The project is completed in the summer 2023.

Below – groundwork at 78 Derngate 

Local, family-run firm Haddonstone, provides a wonderful service to customers from all over the world! Here at 78 Derngate, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh House, their high-class stoneware graces the exterior steps and copings to our new extension. Three Haddonstone Portland Spheres are located in the grounds and every time we deal with this company we are met with fantastic response and genuine interest in the project in question. In short, we highly recommend Haddonstone Ltd!

Liz Jansson, House Manager78 Derngate

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