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Remodelling Normanton Baptist Church

Posted on 07 May 2013 by Premier Construction

Normanton Baptist Church in West Yorkshire

A project to restore and transform a church that had been built in 1877 and ravaged by fire in 2009 has reached completion.

The project comprised the remodelling of Normanton Baptist Church in West Yorkshire and reached completion in February 2013. William Birch & Sons Ltd was the main contractor on the project, whilst Thomasons was the Lead Consultant providing Building Surveying and Structural Engineering services.

Discussing their involvement with the project, Thomasons Associate Building Surveyor, Stuart Broadley, said:

“We first started working on various projects with Normanton Baptist Church around five years ago. However in 2009 a major fire broke out at the Church, which caused substantial damage to the Chapel, hall and connected house.  The fire caused substantial damage to the Chapel and house whilst the roof to the Hall was destroyed.

Normanton Baptist Church in West Yorkshire

“At this point, with the Church in a severely damaged state, the opportunity was taken to look at how to repair and improve the Church. We spent 18 months working closely with the Church exploring a number of different schemes to arrive at a remodelling scheme that would make the buildings more flexible and spacious and fit for the 21st century.”

Stuart added:

“Unfortunately the original contractors went into administration during the programme and as a result the work took a little longer than planned. William Birch & Sons Ltd came on board to continue under difficult circumstances and delivered a project that exceeded expectations.

Normanton Baptist Church in West Yorkshire

“Throughout the project we worked very closely with the Church to ensure that the end result was exactly what they wanted and that the finish was to the highest quality.”

The remodelling included the creation of a flexible multi-use ground floor, alterations to and a reduction in the size of the balcony, creation of a new meeting room and the incorporation of modern kitchen and toilet facilities. Underfloor heating and modern state of the art services, lighting, PA and audio visual services have been installed. Externally the building has new windows, a new Welsh slate roof and has undergone full re-pointing and renewal of rainwater goods and leadwork.

Future plans include the conversion of the house into apartments and further developments to the hall to create a community facility.

Normanton Baptist Church in West Yorkshire

Stuart said:

“This project has been a huge commitment for all involved and owes its success to the dedication of the Church’s Building Group and the efforts of the professional team involved. The Church’s Insurers have supported the Church in its desire to have a modern, flexible building to ensure the survival of the Church into the future.”

Stuart added:

“The Church now has a building that they can be proud of and which will provide a marvellous home to their congregation as well as to the local community as a whole.”

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History in the making at Jordans Mill

Posted on 03 May 2013 by Premier Construction

Jordan's Mill Refurbishment- Broom

A decade long project to refurbish and restore the historic Jordans Mill is nearing completion.

Jordans Mill, near Broom, has been home to the Jordan family for more than 150 years, but most recently has undergone a restoration scheme to transform the site into a brand new, family attraction. Jordans Mill will open its doors in April and comprises The Flour Mill, Mill Store, The Barn, Riverside Café, and wildflower gardens.

The new, free to enter, oak-framed Mill Store that sits on the River Ivel will employ up to twenty members of staff and will sell local produce. In addition to its retail facilities, the Mill Store incorporates the Riverside Café, along with first floor meeting and function rooms.

Molina Projects is the main contractor on the refurbishment project, whilst Roderick James is providing all architectural services.

Joinery specialist A.P. Specialist Doors & Joinery Ltd is supplying internal doors and staircases for the project, along with external doors and windows. The company is installing windows and doors throughout the site, including The Mill.

Commenting on the project, A.P. Specialist Doors & Joinery Ltd Company Director, Paul Pitman, said:

“We are a local company, so being involved in such a prestigious project as the refurbishment of Jordans Mill is very important to us.”

The Mill building has been designed so that it can be divided in two, with a floor-to-ceiling glass screen separating the two halves of the building. One side of the building comprises the working part of the mill, whilst the other side includes a contemporary display area.

The story of each section, and the role it plays within the Mill, is told in a lively and interactive manner, with visitors given the choice of how they tour the Mill. General admission covers the interpretation side of the facility, however regular guided tours will be available for those who want to gain a greater understanding of the Mill’s inner workings.

Jordan's Mill Refurbishment- Broom

A second oak framed building, The Barn, has been constructed at Jordans Mill and provides a link to the Mill. The Barn provides additional interactive and graphic interpretation facilities, covering the history of the Jordan family, conservation and milling history, whilst offering a perfect space for both education and adult learning organisations.

Award-winning Chelsea Flower Show designers, Kitson & Toll is conducting landscaping work on the Mill’s wildflower gardens, which are set to open in the summer. The gardens will provide the perfect opportunity for visitors to witness the history of food production in the making and will include rare varieties of salad, potatoes and onions.

Milling was once a major industry in Bedfordshire, with more than 400 active mills in the county alone. A fire in the mill in the late 19th century brought about the change from traditional stone milling to metal roller mills and this helped Jordans Mill to become one of the leading producers of flour in the region.

Once open to the public, the newly refurbished Jordans Mill can be reached by car, train and bus, and with London Luton airport and London Stansted airport nearby, Jordans Mill is even accessible by air. The historic site will be open to the public on a daily basis between 9am and 5pm, with last entry one hour before closing.

The Flour Mill, Mill Store, The Barn and gardens all form part of Jordans Trust, a registered charity run by volunteers. For more information about Jordans Trust, or to become a volunteer, please visit: www.jordansmill.com.

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Restoring Merthyr Tydfil’s old town hall

Posted on 09 April 2013 by Premier Construction

Merthyr Tydfil Old Town Hall

A £5.8 million project to restore and transform Merthyr Tydfil’s Old Town Hall continues to make great progress.

The project is being implemented by the Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association and comprises an extensive refurbishment, which includes the reinstatement of historic wall, ceiling and floor finishes; the provision of level access and lifts; the replacement of the roof and windows; and the transformation of an external courtyard. In addition, an efficient heating system is being installed, along with grey water harvesting tanks for washroom facilities.

Graham Construction is the main contractor on the Merthyr Tydfil Old Town Hall project, whilst Austin Smith Lord is the architect. Malcolm Bowen of Bowen & Partners is the project manager, Mann Williams is the structural consultant and Troup, Bywater & Anders is the mechanical & electrical consultant.

Work began on the project in February 2012 and is currently on schedule to reach completion in July 2013.

Commenting on the project, Councillor Brendan Toomey, Leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, said the Old Town Hall had the local authority’s full support.

Merthyr Tydfil Old Town Hall

Councillor Toomey, added:

“We believe that the Old Town Hall restoration will be the catalyst for the regeneration of the town. It will attract new users to the town centre and will further enhance Merthyr’s evening economy.”

The Old Town Hall project is being funded by a team of partners, including the Welsh Government, the Wales European Funding Office, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Miller Argent and CADW.

Commenting on the progress of the project, Dr Manon Williams, Chair of the Committee for Heritage Lottery Fund Wales, said:

“When we awarded this grant back in 2011, we recognised the potential that this project had to continue the excellent work that is being carried out in Merthyr Tydfil.

“The Old Town Hall is the grandest building to have survived in Merthyr Tydfil’s commercial centre and stands as a permanent reminder of the town’s former status.”

Merthyr Tydfil Old Town Hall

Wyn Clements, Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association, added:

“The Housing Association consider that the renovation of the building and its new use as a cultural hub will reignite the fortunes of the town as a destination. Furthermore, its contribution to the regeneration of the town centre will help to create a new, and much needed, level of optimism about Merthyr Tydfil amongst local residents and the wider communities in the surrounding villages.”

Built in 1896, the Old Town Hall was originally designed to provide a home for the town’s civic functions and law courts. In addition to the work being undertaken on the site, a number of other projects are also taking place in the town as part of a much larger regeneration scheme.

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A major new chapter in Aberglasney’s history

Posted on 02 April 2013 by Premier Construction

Aberglasney Mansion- Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire

Work is now well underway on a major restoration project within the mansion at the heart of Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire.

This will involve an extensive programme that will see the restoration of the main hall, the reinstating of an elegant staircase, and work on the interior of the East Wing of this historic grade II listed house.

Roger Evans, the chief executive of the Aberglasney Restoration Trust, said:

“The gardens have come a long way since their derelict state less than 15 years ago. The very fact that this work is being carried out is an indication of the desire of our charitable trust to build on the success of the gardens as a centre for excellence in heritage gardening, as well as to enhance the aesthetic beauty of the gardens for the enjoyment of our visitors.”

He added:

“The works will be a huge boost to Aberglasney and will give us many more options for exhibitions and events throughout the year, also providing us with meeting facilities, as well as adding a great deal to the general visitor experience.”

Previous work on the mansion – carried out in 1999 – included external restoration work of the north and west wings and the reconstruction of the Portico entrance. In 2004/5 the interior ground floor of the west wing was restored to create exhibition space and a conference room, and an indoor garden was created within the ruins of the mansion’s courtyard and central rooms. Named after the gardens of Ninfa outside Rome, the award winning Ninfarium is now home to a variety of sub-tropical plants.

Aberglasney Mansion- Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire

Plans for this phase of restoration were drawn up by Llanelli based architects the Lewis Partnership, who have taken a great deal of care in doing so considering the importance and great history of the house. The contactors chosen to carry out the work are John Weavers of Swansea who have ensured that disruption to visitors over the next few months will be kept to a minimum.

On looking ahead to what will be an exciting few months at the gardens Mr Evans said:

“We always like to remind ourselves of the following phrase – Aberglasney is changing and growing – a garden lost in time, but now belonging to the past, present and future.”

The restoration work at Aberglasney is part of the ‘One Historic Garden Project’ linking heritage, gardens and opportunities across South Wales. This is project part-funded by the EU’s Convergence European Regional Development Fund through Visit Wales and the Welsh Government.

It is hoped that the work will be completed in time for a grand opening around Easter. In the meantime you’ll be able to follow progress of the project by visiting www.aberglasney.org.

Aberglasney is 12 miles east of Carmarthen and 4 miles west of Llandeilo and is open all year.

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In the spotlight: Revival Corporate Cleaning Ltd

Posted on 20 March 2013 by Premier Construction

Revival Corporate Cleaning Ltd (RCC)

Owned and managed by David & Ross Cumplen, Revival Corporate Cleaning Ltd (RCC) provides restoration and cleaning services, whilst maintaining a technical and operational expertise that is world-class.

RCC is discreet about its clients – suffice to say they include world-renown addresses and global brands.

Using well established and fully endorsed systems, RCC are specialists in restoring carpeting where traditional cleaning methods have dulled colours and flattened the pile. RCC systems allow full usage immediately post cleaning, meaning minimal disruption and no loss of facilities for both clientele and establishment.

The hospitality industry is stringent when seeking environmental accreditations and testing the claims of service companies, so RCC meets these challenges in two ways. Firstly, the company hold the foremost environmental accreditation ISO 9001, as well as the WoolSafe® Operator Certificate. Secondly, and most convincingly, they offer trial demonstrations on client premises to prove they deliver their claims and more.

From the moment the RCC team arrives on site, the professionalism is apparent, from the immaculate vehicles to the pristinely presented technicians. Once the cleaning process commences, the transformation begins, extending the life of carpets and furnishings by maintaining their original aesthetic appearance, which in turn extends replacement periods and reduces capital budgets.

For more information about Revival Corporate Cleaning Ltd, or to arrange a demonstration, please visit: www.revivalcorporatecleaning.com.

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Dyffryn House to reopen its doors

Posted on 14 February 2013 by Premier Construction

Closed to the public since 1996, this once magnificent Victorian House will soon be reopening its doors to visitors.

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The three-storey mansion in South Wales was built by coal tycoon John Cory in 1893 and is considered to be one of the most important houses of its period.

Since the mid nineties the Grade II* listed Dyffryn House and its surrounding Grade I listed gardens have been owned by the Vale of Glamorgan council. NC Tasker: I did not supply this date and so cannot confirm its accuracy.

Following on from a major investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw and the council the estate has now successfully been restored to its former glory.

The restoration of the house has been overseen by Nichola Tasker from chartered architects and historic building consultants – Rodney Melville and Partners, she said:

“We have been restoring the principle rooms of the house so they can be open to the public again. Many of these principle rooms were in significant decay because of failures to the roof leading to a number of leaks a few years ago.

“The restoration involves repairs to plasterwork, joinery, oak paneling, oak floors and decorative Jacobean chimneys.  We’ve also conducted repairs on some of the stained glass in the Great Hall and we are doing a full rewire and reservice.

“In addition to the sensitivities surrounding a listed building there was also a number of endangered species on the site. There are bats in the house and there are great crested newts in the garden so we have had to get licenses in place from the Welsh Government in order to work in proximity to these animals.

“It’s immensely important for us to be involved in bringing this house back to life, I think it’s fantastic that the money has been found to support this project and we’re really behind it.”

Work began on the house in January 2012 and is due to be completed in February. As of January the house and gardens will be managed by the National Trust.

Speaking on the relationship with the National Trust, Councillor Gwyn John, who is the Vale Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sports Development, said:

“The property will have an exciting future as part of the National Trust’s portfolio and we look forward to seeing the gardens and house developed further, which will benefit tourism in the Vale and secure the future of this important and historic estate.”

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Restoring Pioneer House: Phase One

Posted on 07 February 2013 by Premier Construction

Pioneer House- Halifax Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

The first phase of a scheme to restore and rejuvenate the historic Pioneer House in West Yorkshire is nearing completion.

Pioneer House is a listed building situated on Halifax Road, Dewsbury. The building was built in 1872 for Dewsbury Co-Op Society and was designed by architects Henry Holtom and George Fox.

Kirklees Council officially obtained ownership of the building in July 2011, and work was undertaken to secure and assess the site shortly after.

Construction work commenced on Phase One in April 2012, with Strategic Team Group as the main contractor on the project and Aedas as lead consultant/designer. Kirklees Council is the project manager, whilst URS Limited is the structural engineer and Faithful & Gould is the CDM Coordinator.

Phase One comprises the restoration of the exterior of the building in order to make the building wind and water tight. Once the first phase is completed a second phase will take place to address the internal aspects of the building.

Pioneer House- Halifax Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

Commenting on Phase One, Aedas Associate, Neil Ward, said:

“Prior to work taking place on this project, Pioneer House was falling into a state of disrepair, so the brief for Phase One was to make Pioneer House wind and watertight for the next 25 years. As a framework consultant for Kirklees Council we were brought on board the project along with Strategic Team Group to conduct the work.

Pioneer House- Halifax Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

“One of the first tasks was to secure the perimeter of the site with hoardings and then prepare the site for inspection. The building had been left in a bad state, with floors stripped out and holes in the roof, so there were quite a lot of checks and balances to achieve during the initial stages to determine what we were dealing with.

“During the initial stages we also required some high level access so that we could assess the external conditions of the building. Pioneer House is a very large building, so views from the ground were quite limited.

“Once we knew exactly what was required we were able to progress in a sensitive manner.”

Phase One of the project includes some re-pointing work, a number of stone renewals/repairs and the conservation, repair and on occasion replacement of existing windows. The roofs are being completely recovered along with the replacement of all associated lead work and cast iron rainwater goods. Redecoration for timber and metal work will complete the project.

Neil said:

“At Aedas we have a wealth of experience from working on many large scale and heritage projects and we are using this experience as an insight into what we need to achieve on this project.

“This is a local scheme, with local trade people and is a very high profile site in Dewsbury.

Pioneer House- Halifax Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

“Pioneer House has declined over the last seven years, which is something that local residents have voiced their concern about, so the regeneration of this building – along with the regeneration of the town centre – will create a lot of interest in Dewsbury.

“Everyone wants the project to be a success and for the area to thrive, so we will continue to work towards this goal.”

Pioneer House Phase One is currently on programme and is scheduled to reach completion in February 2013. Phase Two of the project is currently expected to commence in late 2013.

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The ‘poet’s playground’ to be refurbished

Posted on 16 January 2013 by Premier Construction

Cwmdonkin Park- Swansea

To coincide with the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth in 2014, the park of his childhood is to be given a large scale restoration.

Opened in 1874, CwmdonkinPark in Swansea is a Grade II listed ‘garden of historic interest’ and armed with a rich Victorian character the park has charmed numerous generations throughout its life. However after nearly 140 years of use some TLC was needed and in 2007 the wheels were set in motion to begin the restoration of the park to its former glory.

Ian Beynon who is the Development and Outreach Manager for the City & County of Swansea and leading the project explained:

“The park was becoming a bit of an eye sore; the perception was it was unsafe and that there was vandalism and anti-social behaviour. In reality there wasn’t a huge amount, it was just a perception problem as the park was looking a little bit tired.

Cwmdonkin Park- Swansea

“Some key Victorian features are being restored such as entrances, railings, a water feature, the bowls pavilion and in addition to these restorations modern facilities are being incorporated. There will be new play areas, including an adventure playground, a multi use games area and we are actually going to open up the bowls pavilion as a tea room so it’s available to members of the public.

“Also there’s the Dylan Thomas shelter in the park that will be improved and used as a performance space as well as a shelter.

Cwmdonkin Park- Swansea

“We’ve had to be careful though because of the listed status of the park; any new additions have to be in keeping with the listed status of the buildings. But we have included as many environmentally friendly enhancements as we possibly could, in line with the current conservation guidelines and legislation.”

On the famed Welsh poet from Swansea, Ian added:

“There’s a key link to Dylan Thomas, the park was his playground when he was young. There’s going to be a massive celebration of the centenary of his birth in 2014 and the park will be ready in time for those celebrations.

“Thomas is one of the UK’s most celebrated poets and being his local park and one of the first public open spaces that Swansea had the park was an ideal candidate to receive funding for restoration work.”

Cwmdonkin Park- Swansea

After considering the park for funding in 2009, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £820,000 in December 2010 for the restoration. In addition to this as part of the ‘Sustainable Tourism Project’ £256,000 was granted by the European Union and with local authority funding taken into account, a total of £1.39million is being invested.

In closing Ian said of the park:

“We’re creating a sense of place again and making people feel proud that Cwmdonkin is an asset for the whole of Swansea.

“It’s really about preserving the past, but making it fit for future use as well, we want old and young to be able to enjoy the park for generations to come.”

Cwmdonkin Park- Swansea

The main contractor on the restoration project is Andrew Scott limited and they commenced work on site in June 2012.

The Welsh company has been in business for well over a century and continues to provide quality and innovation in the fields of construction and civil engineering.

Cwmdonkin Park- Swansea

Tumble Forge

Tumble Forge specialise in hand forged ironwork keeping alive the old skills of blacksmithing. The company also uses modern plant and machinery to produce high class ornamental gates, railings, balconies and staircases as well as bespoke items.

Tumble Forge have a CAD design office and modern workshop facility, with a five ton gantry lifting capacity to cater for structural steelwork.

The business has been in existence in the same family since 1947 and previous clients include county councils, town councils, civil engineering contractors, crown estates, celebrities and show business people, National Trust, CADW and the general public.

Roger Thomas from Tumble Forge said:

“Our involvement with Cwmdonkin Park was the manufacture and fitting of new boundary railings, entrance gates, handrails and arched gateways in the traditional style of the replaced ironwork.

“It was important for our company to be involved with this project because of the historical background of the park, which is set in the Victorian style. Also the world famous poet Dylan Thomas lived nearby and spent a lot of his time there, mentioning Cwmdonkin Park in one of his poems.

“We pride ourselves in maintaining quality and craftsmanship to a high standard and maintain a skill our grandfathers would have been proud to call their own.”

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Finchingfield Guildhall restored

Posted on 15 January 2013 by Premier Construction

Fitchingield Guildhall- north Essex

 Finchingfield Guildhall, a 15th century timber-framed building in the centre of the village of Finchingfield in north Essex, is being restored.

The project is being driven by the trustees of the Finchingfield Guildhall Trust, supported by a group of local volunteers. Discussions started on the restoration of the hall in 2006. Building work began on site on the Grade I listed building on 12th December 2011 and should be completed in spring 2013.

The project is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage as well as a range of other trust, corporate and private donors.

Fitchingield Guildhall- north Essex

Jackie Bargman, a trustee of Finchingfield Guildhall Trust said:

“We had a survey because I was looking through the insurance for the Guildhall and thought how low the rebuild value was – it was lower than my own house.

“The surveyor told us we were under-insured by five- and- a -half times. He also said the building needed work doing to it quite urgently – the roof was bad, the walls and floors needed replacing and we needed new doors and windows.

“He also said not to do it bit by bit and to go for one project. English Heritage was consulted and put the Guildhall on the “At Risk” Register. We have been working on this project since 2006 and have raised over £1.6 million.”

Fitchingield Guildhall- north Essex

Fairhurst Ward Abbotts is the sole contractor working on the project; FWA’s conservation group is a specialist heritage builder and the company is a royal warrant holder. The architects are Kay, Pilsbury Thomas, a local company of conservation accredited architects. Both FWA and KPT are passionate about historic buildings and bring a wealth of experience to the project.

Fitchingield Guildhall- north Essex

Jackie said:

“We employed our architects in 2006 and they have been superb. The project has developed from a fairly modest scheme of needing the roof repairing to doing a complete overhaul, carrying out a complete renovation to restore the building and return it to the heart of the community; it has been unusable for several years.

“The Guildhall has been completely stripped down to its timber skeleton and is being repaired – it leans around 400mm in the middle and some of it was rotten. Many of the 1470 timbers are pretty good but fairly extensive oak repairs were required and the roof has been completely re-done.

“There will be an enlarged museum and library – once we finish, the museum will be about five times larger than it was. Upstairs in the Guild Room we shall have created a beautiful multi-purpose space that will be used for seminars, functions, lectures and exhibitions.”

Fitchingield Guildhall- north Essex

Electrical Connections Ltd

Established in 1983, Electrical Connections Ltd is an electrical contracting company and carry out design, lighting and power installations, IT cabling and the installation of fire alarms and security systems.

The company has worked on numerous projects nationwide for companies such as BMW,

Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Texaco, Pitney Bowes, Interserve, Defra, Watford FC, Financial Times and Samsung.

On Finchingfield Guildhall, Electrical Connections Ltd is the electrical contractor on site.

Terry Froud from Electrical Connections Ltd said:

“All our jobs are important to us for different reason we carry out a high quality installation for all clients.”

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The restoration of Lartington Hall

Posted on 03 January 2013 by Premier Construction

Larthington Hall Refurbishment

A £1 million project to return Lartington Hall to its former glory is currently underway.

The Grade II* Listed building is undergoing an extensive refurbishment to transform the historic structure into an exclusive private hire venue. In addition to the extensive refurbishment works –which will all reception rooms, the ballroom, Grand Corridor and en-suite bedrooms receive a significant makeover – a new kitchen and washroom facilities are also being installed.

Commenting on the work taking place on the Grade II* Listed building, Lartington Hall owners, husband and wife John and Shona Harper-Wilkes, John, said:

“About nine years ago we decided to begin the search for a property we could use to start our next business. We viewed many buildings, up and down the country and by chance we stumbled upon Lartington Hall in June 2010.

Larthington Hall Refurbishment

“Lartington Hall dates back to around the 1600s and roughly every 100 years or so, the then owners carried out significant work on the house and grounds. This work has created a number of different styles to the building covering Tudor, Georgian and Victorian periods carried out by notable individuals of their time, Joseph Hansom (The Hansom ‘Black’ Cab) and Ignatius Bonami which in turn has created a lot of history within the site. Lartington Hall has a lot of very unique character and as soon as we saw it, we knew that this was the perfect place for us.

“We are refurbishing the property to as high a standard as we can and then moving forward we aim to make the hall an exclusive private hire venue in order for it to earn its keep.

Larthington Hall Refurbishment

“Around 90% of the building will benefit from the refurbishment in the first phase of works.”

Work began on the restoration project in March 2012 with Phase One scheduled to reach completion in May 2013. Richard Pinkney is the main contractor on the project, whilst Kevin Doonan Architects is providing all architectural services on the project. Caroline and Nile Hardie, local archaeologists, are also involved in the project including the excavation works.

Mechanical engineering specialists TW Steam & Heating Services Ltd are installing the site’s heating, plumbing and engineering systems.

TW Steam & Heating Services Ltd, Company Director, Alison Kirkham, commented:

“It is great to be involved with this project. For us it is easier to be involved right from the beginning as we can help with the design and we have been working closely with John about the type of boiler system to install, to ensure that the building remains heated for many years to come.

Larthington Hall Refurbishment

“My father was a founder of TW Steam & Heating Services Ltd, and I am very proud of the longevity of our business which has allowed us to be a part of a project like this.”

Ornamental plaster restoration specialists Decorative Plaster Company are currently involved with the refurbishment works at Lartington Hall, including the restoration of the ball room ceiling, along with a number of key areas that required their specialist skills.

Decorative Plaster Company Managing Director, Barry Hunter, said:

“We have been in operation since 1926 and have completed work on most of the prestigious projects within the North East. We always take pride in our work and we are very proud to be associated with the work at Lartington Hall.”

Inspire Commercial Kitchen Solutions Ltd is designing, supplying and installing the new kitchens at Lartington Hall, including the extract systems.

Inspire Commercial Kitchen Solutions Ltd Director, Chris Stoker, said:

“It is great to be a part of this refurbishment project. John is a great guy and this is a very prestigious site, so knowing that we are here, helping to transform this building, is fantastic.

Larthington Hall Refurbishment

“We have worked on many projects in the past and our aim is to always give the client exactly what they require to get the job done.”

In addition to the internal work, external work is also taking place including the restoration and repair of the roofing, chimneys and guttering. All of the sash windows have been refurbished on the building and three window lights have been restored.

John Wilkes said:

“We have stripped the whole site back to the bare walls – literally so we can get a better understanding of how the building was constructed and therefore sympathetically restore it. We have had a lot of plaster work repaired and we have corrected numerous ornate parts of the building. Rewiring, plumbing and stone masonry works are also being undertaken, along with a programme of decoration works using heritage palettes by Farrow & Ball, Little Greene and Zoffany. The site also includes some stunning stained glass windows and these are also being sensitively restored.”

John added:

“When we first looked at the building we could tell that Lartington Hall had once been a grand structure. It was also apparent that in its present state it was ready for its next stage of rejuvenation following the great work carried out in saving the building by previous owners, Robin and Clare Rackham.

Larthington Hall Refurbishment

“From working on a similar site in the past we had gained some experience in restoration and repair so we knew that this was the right project for us. We are working closely with the contractors and I am project managing the overall project so there is someone on site at all times. This is quite an important building for the area so we have ensured that we use local skilled trade’s people on the project whenever possible.

“Both Shona and I are very proud of the work that we are conducting on Lartington Hall.”

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