Holy Cross Convent, Costock, Nottinghamshire

Client:

Community of the Holy Cross

Architect:

Fowkes McIntyre, Nottingham

The Community of the Holy Cross, an Anglican Benedictine religious community, made the decision to relocate from their home of 30 years at Rempstone Hall to a new purpose built convent located in the nearby village of Costock. The chosen site was a 25 acre farm with a large farmhouse dating from 1729 and a collection of farm buildings, some of which were to be retained.

The historically important farmhouse was refurbished and now provides accommodation for guests and groups wishing to visit the convent for quiet days or residential retreats. The modern inappropriate farm buildings were cleared away and the remaining historic buildings were restored and incorporated into a comprehensive range of new buildings to form the new convent with a chapel and garden space at the centre. The convent buildings are 1,700m2 in area and have been constructed from high quality materials with a long design life.

Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire

Client:

Derbyshire County Council

Architect:

Simpson & Brown, Edinburgh

A significant grade II* country house with 17th Century origins and substantially remodelled in the 19th Century.

An essential repairs report for the house and surrounding gardens with associated costings was prepared for the benefit of the Council and English Heritage.

Kirkleatham Hall Stables and Gardens, North Yorkshire

Client:

Redland & Cleveland Borough Council

Architect:

Wiles & Maguire, York

Lead Consultant:

Aspinall Verdi, Leeds

An English Heritage funded feasibility into viable use options for the historic Kirkleatham Hall Stables, garden features and site of former hall.

The buildings are individually classified as Grade I, II* and II. A budget estimate was prepared for repairs to the external fabric, a mixed use internal fit out to provide work studios and residential accommodation and extensive improvements to the surrounding landscape.

Whorlton Castle, North Yorkshire

Client:

Private

Architect:

Purcell Miller Tritton, York

A 13th C gatehouse in ruinous condition with the remains of the castle to the rear. The gatehouse being Grade I listed and the castle remains designated a scheduled ancient monument.

A detailed estimate was prepared for the potential restoration and conversion to residential use. The proposed works include the substantial repair and reconstruction of missing/damaged stone elements, reinstatement of the roof and internal fitting and finishing using high quality materials.

The study was supported by English Heritage via the ‘Grants For Historic Buildings, Monuments and Designed Landscapes’ scheme.

Historic Barn Complex, Westerdale, North York Moors National Park

Client:

North York Moors National Park

Architect:

Wiles & Maguire, York

The Park Authority commissioned Brundell Woolley to carry out a detailed site visit and prepare a tender evaluation document following the submission of a tender by a local specialist building contractor. The scope of works entailed essential repairs to the roof coverings and structures, repairs to stone elevations and reinstatement of windows and doors. This important collection of vernacular buildings include the byre, with hayloft over, dating back to 1793, a barn, a wheel house, turf house and pigsty.

The project was subject to a grant award via DEFRA’s Higher Level Stewardship scheme for repairs to farm buildings.

Pleasley Colliery, Derbyshire

Client:

East Midlands Development Agency

Architect:

Simpson & Brown, Edinburgh

The preparation of a detailed budget estimate and maintenance schedule for repairs and restoration to key elements of this set of historic buildings and structures. The colliery is designated a schedule ancient monument with the buildings themselves being Grade II listed. The report and accompanying condition report was commissioned by EMDA to form part of an ongoing regeneration project funded through the National Coalfields Programme and to also be utilised for a Heritage Lottery Fund application. The proposed works involve repairs to the steel and concrete headstocks, repairs to historic stonework and brickwork, reinstatement of windows and improvements to external areas.