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New Bolsover Model Village Derbyshire

This two phase project consists of 194 two and three-bedroom existing properties the scope includes internal and external works across 138 Council-owned properties and external works on the remaining 56 privately owned properties. A £10 million project to breathe new life into New Bolsover Model Village after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) agreed to grant £1.9million towards the project.

New Bolsover Model Village was built by the Bolsover Colliery Company in 1891 to accommodate its workforce and is a lasting legacy to the coal mining industry which dominated life in the town from 1891 to 1993. It was the first of a series of model villages developed by the company, and the design was influenced by the emerging Arts and Crafts and Socialist Movements and their related Garden City ideas. At New Bolsover, this influence translated into building houses on three sides of a large square with the school which served as a village hall on the fourth side. The centre forms an open space which serves as a playground for the children as well as providing ample area for shrubberies and flowerbeds and a focal point for the community.

The buildings were listed Grade II in 1989 and 2004. The Model Village is also situated within the Bolsover Conservation Area which was first designated on 17 July 1971.

The main aims of the project are:

  • To implement a program of repair and restoration, which will include the reinstatement of architectural detailing such as windows.
  • To work in partnership with community organisations to strengthen community spirit and promote pride in local heritage.
  • To improve housing and housing conditions for local people through physical improvement, better maintenance, and improved thermal efficiency.
  • To provide local training and volunteering opportunities.

The project has been filmed at key milestones for BBC Inside Out,  to tell the fascinating story of the transformation to the Model Village:

Bolsover Model Village has won three awards in 2023 as follows:

  • Historic Building in an Urban Setting
  • Conservation Champion – Kim Wyatt
  • The Deborah Devonshire Award for Outstanding Project


  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering


Bolsover District Council


Woodhead Construction


Halsall Lloyd Partnership

Project Description

This project will carry out essential repairs and restore original architectural features at the 194 dwellings that make-up the Model Village. In addition all 138 council-owned properties will receive internal thermal insulation.




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