Birdholme House

Chesterfield and District Civic Society


Civic Society unhappy about expanded metal cladding
next to former lead merchant’s home

Chesterfield and District Civic Society has written to the Borough Council opposing a plan to clad an ‘unremarkable’ 1970s office block in expanded metal.

The owners of the building, on Derby Road in Birdholme, wish to reduce the impact of the building on the adjoining Birdholme House, which dates from about 1660. It was built by Joseph Bloodworth, a local lead merchant, and was later owned by the Hunloke family of Wingerworth.

The society feels that this cladding will draw attention to the modern offices and detract from the setting of the historic house. It would like to see a different approach, which could be as simple as applying stone-coloured masonry paint to the modern brickwork and using attractive climbing plants to hide the harsh lines of the block.

The Civic Society’s chairman, Philip Riden, commented: ‘we feel that every effort should be made to tone down the impact of the modern building so that passers-by look more at the older house. The use of brightly coloured expanded metal cladding will have the opposite result’.