Park Lane Stables in Teddington, whose fame rose during the pandemic, has received permission to refurbish the stables they purchased with the fund-raising appeal during COVID.
The proposal included the following:
· The flat home to Natalie O’Rourke MBE, part of the original stables building but converted in the 1990s, will be re-integrated into the stables building.
· The new space will accommodate a comfortable reception area, counselling rooms, and a ‘cuddle horse’ stable.
· Stables will be improved to provide better facilities for the horses. Most will bebigger; all will be more comfortable.
· Centuries of grime and damp damage will be swept away and replaced by a sumptuous front elevation and internal fittings, which will also be ideally in keeping with the building’s age, style, and residential location.
· The footprint of the building, and the height of the building, are unchanged.
· The rebuild will finally see the ‘Wall of bricks’, each featuring the name of a donor to the Crowdfunding campaign, brought to fruition.
Park Lane Stables is a horse riding centre in Teddington, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It was built around 1830 and originally conceived as a fire station when fire engines were horse-drawn. Today the stables are run as a charity belonging to the Riding for the Disabled Association. They offer horse riding lessons and hacks in Bushy Park.
They were served with an eviction order by their landlord and, through a crowdfunding campaign and plenty of positive PR, raised enough money to buy the property for the charity.
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