One of Sutton’s most historic buildings has been listed as a regional finalist for a major award following its near £2 million major refurbishment.

Whitehall Historic House, in Malden Road, has been selected as a regional finalist in the Civic Trust AABC Conservation Awards for 2019.

The more than 500-year-old Grade II* listed museum in Cheam Village is among 146 other projects which have been chosen from 240 national and international entries.

Now all the regional finalists will be analysed by the Civic Trust Awards and the AABC National Panels as they consider them for a national or international award commendation.

Then the Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design judging panel will meet to determine the overall winner of its accolade.

Those successful will be told on December 17 before the winners are presented with either an award or commendation at the 60th annual Civic Trust Awards ceremony next March.

It will be held at Imperial War Museum North and is sponsored by construction company Sir Robert McAlpine.

Whitehall Historic House was reopened for the first time since first undergoing “vital” repairs in around April 2016.

Building work included “sensitive restoration” in efforts to reveal its best features, and now around 70 percent of its interior is wheelchair accessible.

There is also a new terraced area which is accessed from its tea rooms, hoping to allow visitors greater access to – and visibility of – its garden, including its 14th Century well.

It underwent repairs two years ago after funding for the project was secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

That was before money from the council, Friends of Whitehall charity, and other donors helped to increase the sum.

The Civic Trust Awards, which were first established in 1959, are an annual national and international environment awards scheme for architecture, public art and realm, as well as urban design projects.