Refurbishment, Repairs, and New Build Refectory, to Grade II Country House, Surrey AONB

for The Field Studies Council

Grade II Listed Juniper Hall is owned by the National Trust and has been leased to the Field Studies Council since 1946. Set in a wooded valley in the Surrey Hills AONB below Box Hill and located within close proximity to London, Juniper Hall is one of the FSC’s busiest centres, accommodating residential and day visitors throughout the year. We have been appointed to support proposals for the strategic upgrading of facilities in the historic house and to provide designs for a new refectory building to seat 150 visitors.

We have worked closely with the Field Studies Council to complete proposals for the masterplan of the layout of the facilities and to develop proposals for alterations to the accommodation and for the design of the new refectory building. These proposals were used for consultation with the Friends of Juniper Hall, the National Trust, the AONB and the Historic Development Officer and Planning Officer at Mole Valley Council. Following positive feedback these proposals are now being developed with a view to submitting Planning and Listed Building Consent applications in early 2018.

Juniper Hall provides accommodation across a number of different buildings of different ages and architectural styles dating back to the 17th century. Juniper Hall is well known for its association with 18th century French emigres during the French Revolution, the author Fanny Burney and with the piano manufacturing family, Broadwood & Sons.

Our project scope comprises refurbishment and alteration work to the interior of Juniper Hall and replacement of the pre-fab 1960s Wooldridge lab classrooms. However, consideration of the wider site arrangement and uses has also been important to ensure the proposals are developed to maximise useful day-to-day operation of the centre and to enable site works to be undertaken with minimal impact on the centre’s operation.

As is typical of a project of this type, our work includes consultation and collaboration with a team of specialists from an early stage. To ensure an integrated development proposal we are working with CS Todd Fire Consultants, Nicholas Pearson Associations ecologists, Synergy Quantity Surveyors, Momentum Structural Engineers and Westford Mechanical designers to procure the reports required to confirm the detail of the proposals as required for submission with the Planning and Listed Building Consent application, and to coordinate the design information to facilitate a swift commencement in Autumn 2018.

Our work for this stage (3) – to include the determination of planning and listed building consent applications – also includes the following:

  • Undertaking detailed historic research and archive searches to support the Heritage Statement required for the Listed Building Consent application;
  • Preparing the Heritage Statement and supporting documents; evaluating the changes proposed within the context of current Historic England Guidelines and with specific reference to their Conservation Principles which guide the significance assessments of heritage assets;
  • Preparing the Design and Access Statement, including Planning Statement which sets out the proposals in relation to current planning policy;
  • Completion of the drawn detailed design proposals;
  • Preparation and online submission of the Listed Building Consent and Planning Applications;
  • Monitoring the applications and answering queries through to determination;
  • Attending site meetings with statutory authorities as required;
  • Regular reporting and reviews with the client;
  • Review and submission of specialist reports (including biodiversity, mechanical engineering etc.)
  • Co-ordination of Structural Engineers design;
  • Liaison with Quantity Surveyor to provide cost estimate; &
  • Monitoring of project programme, taking into account the FSC’s internal deadlines.