The council needs £3.8m funding in total to support the restoration of the historic manor house and has been successful at the first round of bidding.
Architects and designers will now work to draw up detailed plans for how the house could look once work is completed. The council has already committed £2.8million to improve the manor house and will find out next year whether it has been successful at the second bidding round.
The council proposes to present designs for the reinstatement of many of the features of Sir John Soane’s original house, which he completed in 1804. The plans will include reinstating original heritage features and restoring the elaborately decorated rooms within the house.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of the council, said: “Pitzhanger is recognised by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building, which is an honour only given to 3% of buildings in the country. This project is going to be very exciting and will complement the work already taking place in Walpole Park, also funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, combining our efforts to restore the rich history and heritage of the house.
“We want the manor house not only to be of cultural importance, but to also be a real community asset that benefits everyone. I hope local people will take the chance to get involved in this exciting project as we draw up more detailed plans.”