A major investment by the Duchy of Lancaster has seen completion of Phase 2 of an ambitious project to convert a group of redundant farm buildings at Scalby Lodge, Scalby to holiday cottages.
Scalby Lodge, a development located approximately 4 km to the north of Scarborough, benefits from an enviable rural coastal location approximately 200m from the sea and adjacent to the Cleveland Way, with the local facilities and attractions of Scalby and Scarborough readily accessible.
Following receipt of planning approval in spring 2011, the Client gave the go ahead and since then it has been ‘all hands on deck’ for all concerned to ensure the development was open for Christmas 2012.
Should Phase 3 be completed, which will involve the construction of six additional units, there will be twenty one holiday cottages on site and available to rent. Phase 1 involved four units, with the latest eleven units and a reception building being delivered as part of Phase 2.
Working with a group of other consultants and alongside the Rural Surveying team, the Architectural and Building Surveying Department at Smiths Gore – York, were appointed to act as Project Managers and Lead Consultants to design and to co-ordinate delivery of the project. The Principal Contractor appointed for the construction was Woodhouse Barry of Sherriff Hutton, York.
Peter Hallam – Partner and Head of the Architecture and Buildings Surveying Department, Smiths Gore, York said: “Smiths Gore are delighted to have been involved with this project from inception through to completion. The Duchy of Lancaster are a hugely important and valued Client to us and as with previous developments their full commitment to the effective and sustainable re-use of redundant farm buildings is very much apparent. It is hoped that Scalby Lodge will offer a great experience and something different to those visiting the area and bring benefits to the local economy.”
The design brief was to ensure that the agricultural origin and traditional appearance of the buildings was respected and maintained as far as possible, with original construction details retained and enhanced. The buildings were to be energy efficient, adopting a good level of insulation and renewable technologies were to be incorporated where feasible.
Phase 2 involved the conversion of several ranges of single and two storey redundant farm buildings, these constructed with stone and brick walls beneath clay tiled roofs. As part of this phase, two new buildings/units were constructed, with a further building significantly extended.
The extensive conversion works included complete re-roofing, stone and brick repairs and renewals together with full external wall re-pointing adopting lime mortar, new rainwater goods, new double glazed windows, new internal insulated floors, fully insulated wall linings and roof insulation together with new services throughout. All the eleven units within this phase have under floor heating, run from Ground Source (vertical bore) Heat Pumps, which also provide domestic hot water. Internally, the units are fitted out, decorated and furnished to a very high standard.
Externally, significant site and surrounding landscape improvements have been undertaken, including the creation of a new access and related roads, footpaths, a car park, boundaries – walls, fencing and hedges together with a significant amount of tree and shrub planting etc.
English Country Cottages were also involved in the development and Wendy Halliday, UK & Ireland property manager said:
“The North Yorkshire coastline has welcomed generations of holidaymakers who return year after year to enjoy the dramatic scenery and take in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Scalby Lodge, which offers the highest quality of self-catering accommodation, has already proved hugely popular with visitors to the region and we are confident that the additional properties will only heighten demand and provide a welcome boost to Yorkshire tourism.”