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      What we do/ Our Projects/ Private listed building with colony of bats

      Extensive restoration of a 13th century tithe barn with colony of bats

      Size
      5 acres

      Client
      Private Individual

      Sitting in approximately 5 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 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.

      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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