The project consisted of the whole scale restoration and extension of a Grade II listed country house to form a new 5 start luxury hotel. Many of the original features needed to be replicated on the extension in order to satisfy the appropriate authorities.
A new 60 bedroom, 2 storey wing was constructed in load bearing masonry construction on piled foundations. Feature stonework (strings, quoins etc) were all detailed in-house together with the necessary fixing details back to the supporting masonry.
In the proposed location of the new bedroom wing was a derelict outhouse which was due to be demolished. However within the roof structure several indications of the presence of bats were noted. As such a lifting cradle was designed to lift the entire roof structure off its existing supports and this was then re-located some 200m away on new brickwork piers. The new kitchen wing evolved during the construction process from a single storey structure to one containing a large basement adjacent to the existing building.
As part of the restoration of the existing, traditional methods were used where necessary. However traditional met modern methods within the roof as several structural members suffering with rot had sections cut out and new timber inserted by means of resin bonded joints. Within the Civil design package, an on site effluent treatment plant was incorporated utilising the nearby fishing lake as part of the cooling system.