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As a specialist building conservation company Grosvenor Construction is involved with a vast array of projects throughout the UK, including many award-winning schemes.

The company employs conservation principles designed to deliver excellence and views itself as a stakeholder in the UK’s historic environment.

Grosvenor Construction has built its success on a carefully cultivated work ethic, which puts its focus on people and quality craftsmanship. Past projects for Grosvenor Construction include Denbigh Castle Visitor Centre; Dee Gull; King Charles Tower; Morgan’s Mount; Parys Mountain Pumping Windmill; and St Paul, Parish Church of Seacombe.

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The brief for Denbigh Castle was to provide the castle with a new visitor reception building to replace a former, inadequate facility. The new building – completed in February 2012 – accommodates a visitor reception and interpretation space with ticket sales, souvenir and refreshment sales, staff accommodation and welfare facilities. LABC County and Regional award winning 2013, and the All Wales Award for Best Commercial Development, this has qualified for the UK National Awards.

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To reduce the environmental impact on the scheme, the masonry and rubble from the existing visitor centre was reused on the site, whilst sustainable features include a Sedum roof, a ground source heat pump and photovoltaic cells.

During the course of the construction, visits were arranged with local primary schools so that pupils could view the ongoing works and gain an understanding of the skills being used. The school site visits ran through to the project’s completion, as did links with local community interest groups.

Grosvenor Construction Ltd worked with B3 Architects on the 26-week, £580,000 project at Denbigh Castle. The project was implemented by the Welsh Assembly Government and CADW as part of an initiative to maximise visitor potential at its historic landmarks.

Moving a little further from home, Grosvenor completed the 12-week Dee Gull Interpretation Centre project for Chester Renaissance. The project saw the creation of a state of the art canopied platform with interpretation panels, designed to enhance and augment the interpretation of the historic environment within Chester City Wall.

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During the works, Grosvenor Construction Ltd removed concrete slab and steps, installed the canopy, railings and interpretation panels and installed top soiling and turfing. As Dee Gull is situated opposite a busy racecourse, the project required careful planning and cooperation with all associated businesses.

Remaining in Chester, Grosvenor Construction Ltd worked on a number of projects, including King Charles Tower and Morgan’s Mount. Working on King Charles Tower, Grosvenor Construction Ltd worked to conserve the fabric of the historic tower, whilst the Morgan’s Mount project saw Grosvenor Construction Ltd remove and rebuild large sections of the monument which had become eroded beyond use.

Meanwhile, the Parys Mountain Pumping Windmill project was a 21-week scheme, valued at £100,000 and completed in December 2012. Grosvenor Construction Ltd worked with architects Garner Southhall Partnership on the project – implemented by Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust – to repair the historic pumping mill.

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More recently, Grosvenor Construction Ltd is involved with a project for St Paul, Parish Church of Seacombe. Working alongside Pickard Finlason Partnership, the £250,000 project comprises the deconstruction and reconstruction of the church spire.

The spire was originally constructed using iron dog cramps to hold the masonry together, however the cramps had eroded over time, causing the masonry to lift and crack and fall from the spire. In order to rectify this situation, Grosvenor Construction Ltd manufactured a new stone spire and rebuilt the structure, replacing the iron cramps with stainless steel.

Additional projects for Grosvenor Construction have included Bonewaldesthorne’s Tower, Hafod Arch, Conwy Castle and Haulfre Clock Tower, amongst others.

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For more information on Grosvenor Construction, including further insights into their extensive range of projects, please visit:  www.grosvenorconstruction.co.uk.

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