Conversion of redundant farm buildings

Westley Bottom
Geo E Gittus & Sons Ltd

Bidwells was instructed to advise on the rural development and diversification of redundant farm buildings, to obtain a critical grant and provide lease and covenant advice. The construction value of the Westley Bottom project was approximately £1.2m and sought consent for 6,000 sq ft of new build in this rural location.

What we did


  • Negotiated a pre-let to the National Trust.

  • Negotiated a long lease and a quality covenant.

  • Appointed a contractor following a tender process.

  • Supervised the construction work to convert redundant buildings in to office buildings and ensured that the project was completed on time and under budget.


  • We secured approximately £250,000 in grant funding from EEDA and DEFRA.

  • Secured a pre-let to the National Trust for their new regional headquarters to accommodate 70 staff. This reduced the risk to the client and helped to secure finance for the project.

  • Bidwells managed the conversion of approximately 10,000 sq ft of office accommodation, including 60% new build.

  • The building now features underfloor heating which is fuelled by a woodchip boiler.

  • The new build section incorporates traditional timber building methods and lime mortar has been used for all brickwork.

  • The development has received the CLA’s Regional Rural Building Award.


60% new build in the countryside, excellent design, project management, a good lease and a big grant – what more could I ask?!

George Gittus, Owner and Managing Director

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