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Private listed building with a colony of bats

Five acres
Private Individual

Sitting in approximately five acres, this part-medieval Grade II Listed manor house was bought by a private individual as a renovation project. Soon after purchase, it was evident that the building had some significant challenges.

A local authority enforcement notice for historic alterations undertaken without the correct permissions was the least of their worries – there was also a thriving bat colony on the premises using the extension as a passageway between two buildings.

With a plethora of structural and building fabric weaknesses, the project quickly turned into a near rebuild. From the offset, we established the works couldn’t add any value to the property; the best outcome would be to hit the budget and programme 

Ecological restrictions meant that there was no window of opportunity to complete the works without any disturbance, however we engaged with all authorities to reach an agreeable phased approach.

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While keeping the project on track over socially distanced calls during the pandemic, and overcoming two floods to the property, our steadfast team mediated conflicting views of the planning office, ecologists, Natural England, conservationists, and archaeologists to bring this project to completion on time and to budget.   

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Dan Coston

Partner, Building Surveying

A natural problem-solver with an adventurous heart, Dan rolls up his sleeves with no preconceptions, and gets stuck into the most convoluted projects.

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