Pepys’ House Options Appraisal

Client: Pepys House Trust
Location: Brampton, Cambridgeshire
Date: 2015

We were commissioned by the Pepys House Trust to prepare an option appraisal for the future of the charismatic Pepys House in Brampton, Cambridgeshire.  Pepys House is the only building that survives where the celebrated 17th century diarist Samuel Pepys lived, appearing numerous times in his renowned diaries.  Whilst it appears today to be a relatively modest cottage, the building and its role in the life of this important figure in British history is unique and of huge importance to our cultural heritage.  Accordingly it is Grade I listed.

Our role was to work alongside project co-ordinator Alice Yates to produce an appraisal of options for the future use of the house with a particular focus on building uses, management and delivery models. We worked closely with a multi-disciplinary design team appointed separately to prepare a condition report, statement of significance and plans for the emerging options.

Our work included a review of other historic houses associated with literary figures, analysis of local cultural and heritage attractions, non-financial appraisal and initial financial modelling of options that combined sensitive interpretation, community engagement and financial sustainability.  Our final report included practical advice on delivery including potential funders, fund-raising strategies, project governance, management and co-ordination.

Specific services and outputs:

  • Policy, property, visitor economy and comparator analysis
  • Visioning and strategy development
  • Option development
  • Non-financial and financial appraisal
  • Management and delivery option development
  • Identification of appropriate sources of funding.


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