Plummer House is a Grade II listed building, built in 1910, in the heart of Newcastle. We were appointed to assist in the preparation of proposals for a large student accommodation block which necessitated significant alterations to the listed building. The scheme provided over 250 bed spaces and included the sensitive refurbishment of the listed Plummer House and Ball Room.
The Scheme consisted of bed deck mezzanine apartments within the listed building itself, alongside new built studios and cluster apartments. The scheme also included the refurbishment of the ground floor retain space of Plummer House and the introduction of courtyard spaces to the rear.
We acted as conservation consultants, tasked with carrying out a condition survey of the listed building, which facilitated the preparation of a schedule of repairs, to be costed by the QS. We provided advice and guidance in the design of details within or associated with the listed building, coordinated and liaised with the wider team members, and provided the necessary conservation advice where required.
In carefully detailing the key interfaces between the historic fabric and new elements – including where new internal partitions or mezzanines met existing pilasters, cornices, architraves and panelling – we ensured the new work sat in harmony with the existing. This included providing design advice, sketch details and specifications for a new four-storey staircase within the existing building, and the treatment of the existing features which surrounded it.
DISCIPLINES COVERED IN COMMISSION
Production and review of Heritage significance statements
Site evaluation and historic building assessments, including structural surveys
Submission of Listed Building Consent
Technical advice and guidance on details of conservation and appropriate design for new buildings adjacent to listed buildings
We are engaged as the Castle and Estate architects, researching, investigating, surveying, specifying and over-seeing works.
We were appointed to carry out the historical research, assessment, and strategic management review, and develop and publish a Conservation Management Plan for Furness Abbey and Piel Castle, both in the Guardianship of English Heritage.
Set within the idyllic village of Grasmere, right in the middle of the LDNP, the commission included research and understanding of the existing condition of the fabric and major alterations.
Thornthwaite Hall, is an impressive grade II listed hall house near the village of Bampton near to Haweswater in the county of Cumbria. The large farmhouse comprises a late 16th century tower and hall, however, the hall had fallen in to disrepair by the late 20th century with part of it used as a bank barn.