C15th HOUSE, SOMERSET
Grade II* Restoration
for Private Client
This building is a Grade II* Listed C15th House which forms part of a rural Manor – an enchanting collection of historic structures, including an extensive early C17th Grade I Manor – all set within a Grade II Listed Landscape Garden. The current owner, our client, is gently and comprehensively restoring the property to be respectful of the buildings’ period and materiality, and also, in places, to update with modern facilities and features to ensure the comfortable use of the house as a family home. We are providing ongoing full architectural services for the alterations and repair.
An historical report, prepared by specialist Historic Buildings Consultants in 2013, provides an invaluable assessment of the buildings from both an historic and archaeological perspective and includes descriptions of their fabric, features and development through time. This document formed the basis for a Listed Building Consent application, containing proposals for repair, internal re-ordering and re-servicing of the C17th Manor and adjoining C15th House, which was granted consent in 2014 prior to our appointment.
The scope of work which Thread are supporting at detailed design, technical design and construction stages includes:
- Intricate, challenging and comprehensive repairs to the C17th Manor, and the adjoining C15th House;
- Minor re-ordering of the Manor, respecting the legibility of the two key historic periods of construction of the house whilst providing contemporary living standards;
- Conservation repairs to historic plaster;
- Bringing the C15th House back into use as ancillary accommodation to serve the Manor House;
- Providing new heating installation, including new radiators and associated fittings within the Manor and introduction of heating within the C15th House; &
- Re-wiring and Drainage works to the Manor and C15th House.
As well as providing detailed design and construction information, Thread acted as Lead Consultant and Contract Administrator for the works to the C15th House which were completed by Ken Biggs Contractors Ltd in 2017. We also designed and oversaw the completion of a contemporary oak framed extension to the Gardener’s residence in the grounds as an extension to this contract. Proposals for the comprehensive restoration and refurbishment of the Manor House are underway with a view to commencing work on site later in 2018.
Many areas of the work required to the C15th House are notable due to their complexity, intricacy and challenging nature. Our work included the careful unpicking of the building fabric and then the specification and overseeing of strategic and highly sensitive repairs, alterations and upgrading. Prior to the current ownership, this building had not been inhabited since the 1960s and had been left in a serious state of disrepair. Due to extensive beetle damage, water ingress, and previous unsympathetic and undermining repairs, the whole structure including the roof required careful appraisal and extensive re-working, retimbering and reinforcement as well as renewal of the roof coverings. New specialist interior features included a bespoke pivoting door set within an historic timber and plaster frame – made and installed by the brilliant Alec Gannon; and a new hand-carved oak staircase made and installed by local historic joinery specialists Arttus.
At each stage of work Thread are working in close collaboration with numerous specialist consultants, including Quantity Surveyor James Paradise of PGandP, specialist trades, and craftsmen and with Greg Venn, Conservation Officer of SSDC, to discharge the conditions relating to the existing consents and to confirm any new consent requirements arising from additional areas of work.