MORE than £500,000 will be invested in restoring the Elizabethan building at Southall Manor House.

The two-year project will incorporate essential repairs, including the fixing the roof and painting the outside.

Ealing Council approved the allocation of £560,000 at a meeting last week.

An archaeologist will join the project during the next few months to survey the building before the work begins.

Council leader Jason Stacey said: "The council is keen to regenerate every corner of the borough, and there is already a lot of work under way to improve Southall.

"The Manor House is one of the borough's gems, and this investment will go a long way to preserving it so generations can come and learn about its history."

In addition to the major works on the house, plans are already under way to improve the grounds of Southall Manor House by restoring the pool and garden, and introducing a community history project.

This is being run by the council, alongside Groundwork London, and is being funded thanks to £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and an extra £30,000 from the council.

Work is also about to begin on building a new children's play area in the park, which is due to open in April. The council is investing £68,000, and there will be additional grant funding.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with the history project, please email Jan Anderson on or call 020 8825 8934.