Portfolio - Case Study 10

Refurbishment of Cottage Lennoxlove Estate, East Lothian

Refurbishment

We were approached by the Estate Manager at Lennoxlove to report on a vacant cottage that had become uninhabitable due to a very obvious damp problem. Our report identified a wide range of defects and solutions. We were thereafter commissioned to restore the property to a habitable state compliant with current Building Regulations.

We obtained the necessary Building Warrant, Planning and Conservation Area approvals for the works to this listed property. The Client was keen to adopt all of our recommendations including the restoration of the external fabric to good order using traditional materials and methods. This involved stone repairs, the reinstatement of a previously lost masonry chimney and window renewals using templates from original joinery remnants found on site. The works were tendered to a number of contractors and a suitable local contractor was chosen with the necessary skills.

The works were then programmed and throughout the contract we visited site to ensure the project was completed on time, to budget and to the requisite quality. The end result is a superb little cottage available for use by the Estate for their employees or for private let. The entire process cost the Estate a relatively small amount of money when compared to the cost of building from new, whilst also enhancing one of the main access roads into their property. The refurbishment of any property requires careful thought as well as the identification of both sound and viable solutions prior to committing funds. In this case the outcome speaks for itself.

Subsequently we were also commissioned to report for the same client upon a group of dilapidated but ‘listed’ steadings buildings at the nearby farm and undertook extensive fabric repairs to ensure that they were stabilised for some considerable time to come.

Footnote

In these days of increasing awareness of green issues the idea of refurbishment ought to present an opportunity to society to make the most of the assets we have already built rather than all too often abandoning them with a view to their premature replacement with newer structures. We tend to forget the levels of energy that are expended not only in the new construction process but also in the demolition and waste process.