British interior designer Nina Campbell has announced her involvement in the north wing restoration project at Combermere Abbey.
Combermere Abbey is a former monastery, later a country house, on the Cheshire/Shropshire border.
The 18-month restoration project, costing £2 million, will restore the historic north wing of the Abbey. Uninhabited since the early 1950s, beneath the north wing’s gothic exterior cladding, the building had become structurally unstable, seriously endangering the rest of Combermere Abbey - one of only a few privately owned Grade I listed buildings.
Owned by Sarah Callander Beckett, work on restoring the Abbey has already begun and involves stripping the 900-year-old building back to the original medieval and Tudor frame before restoring it back to its beautiful gothic exterior.
Nina Campbell has been a longstanding friend of Sarah Callander Beckett since they met in New York in the early 1980s.
When Sarah originally took on Combermere Abbey Nina was invited to collaborate and design the interiors of Crossley cottage, one of the Combermere‘s holiday cottages.
Collaborating with Sarah once again on this restoration project, Nina will design the interiors of the north wing when fully restored.
Sarah Callander Beckett said: “I asked her to work with me because I love her sense of humour and sense of style. She has a fabulous ability to understand and respect heritage buildings and their architecture, as well as introduce something contemporary.
“I knew that I could contribute and work well with her, introducing the practical elements that the North Wing requires, and enjoy it as well.”
Nina said: “I was very excited when Sarah asked me to help on this incredible restoration of the north wing of Combermere Abbey. I love working with the gothic elements but bringing a contemporary and glamorous feel to this historic building. Sarah is fun to work with because she is not afraid of colour.”