Halfway between Wendover and Tring, the White Lion Public House in St Leonards is a building with history. The heart of the building dates back to the 17th century with additions made later. It has stunning views and was in operation until a few years ago.
Following a campaign (by the ‘Save the White Lion’ group) which successfully prevented the pub from being converted to a house, the property was purchased with the plan to restore the pub to its former glory.
PCMS Design helped secure planning consent for an enlarged trading area, along with the necessary repairs to the roof and building structure. This was no easy task with six listed Building Consents required, along with the services of a historic building consultant, a structural engineer as well as specialist timber treatment and restoration contractors.
The works were then priced by three building firms, including two local contractors. After some deliberation, the contract has been awarded to J.E.T Construction (Milton Keynes) Ltd. and works are due to start in late September.
“It is a significant step to have appointed builders and PCMS Design deserve credit for sorting the planning, specification and procurement” said owner Mandy Grimwood. “Their professionalism and attention to detail is commendable and I’m looking forward to opening in summer next year” she added.