The restoration of an historic Cumbrian mansion has been named as the UK’s best refurbishment project at a national awards event.

Charles Church was awarded the title of Best Refurbishment Project at the Housebuilder Awards 2019 for its work at Stone Cross Mansion in Ulverston.

John Roocroft, managing director for Charles Church Lancashire, said: “We are delighted to have received industry recognition for our work at Stone Cross Mansion.

“Bringing the derelict 1874 mansion back to life as luxury apartments has been an enduring labour of love for our team.

"This was an extraordinary refurbishment project that has certainly proved to be worth all the time and effort over several years.

“The mansion is such an impressive building, an iconic feature of the area, and it feels a privilege to have brought the property back to its former glory.

“This has been a challenging, yet satisfying, project.

"We have worked with a range of specialist craftsmen to successfully complete the mansion’s transformation.”

Charles Church was presented with the award in front of more than 600 guests at a ceremony held at The InterContinental Hotel-The O2 in London, hosted by Dara Ó Briain.

John added: “This award is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in the Stone Cross Mansion development.”

The Grade II Listed mansion has been carefully transformed from a derelict shell into contemporary apartments.

Charles Church carried out work to preserve and improve many of the mansion’s original features, both inside and out.

At the same time, it created a collection of 19 luxurious open-plan two and three-bedroom apartments at the complex.