Monthly Archives: February 2022

Designing for Listed Buildings

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

It’s always an interesting experience to take on a conservation project. This beautiful timber roof structure has been revealed during the renovation of a Grade II Listed house – previously a butcher’s shop – in the heart of a Buckinghamshire village. Works are now underway to carefully restore the timbers, and ensure the roof’s longevity.

Beautiful timber roof structure in listed building

This particular house is also being extended to the rear to provide a new first floor bedroom with en suite, and a larger kitchen beneath. We have successfully applied for Listed Building consent for a number of repairs to the structure, in addition to the extension.

Working on listed buildings with a long history behind them requires sensitive treatment and a detailed understanding of the processes involved. The extension and renovation of the White Lion pub in St Leonards combined a similar need for restoring the older part of the structure, whilst ensuring that the building could function as a profitable hospitality business.

Do get in touch if you would like advice on improving or extending a Listed Building.

Drilling a Borehole!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

Many organisations are seeking ways of both adapting to climate change and minimising their environmental impact. Chinnor Rugby Football Club in Thame has found a clever and cost effective method of irrigating their playing pitches – by digging a borehole.

This modern version of a well involves drilling a hole around 10m deep which is then cased in steel, and a borehole pumping system is attached to collect natural water and pump it to the surface. Water is extracted up to the daily allowed amount and stored in a metal storage tank until required. An added advantage of this irrigation method is that water naturally percolates through the soil for future use, forming part of a natural water lifecycle.

Following a procurement process to find a suitably qualified installer, we worked in conjunction with AW Synergy Boreholes to dig the borehole, and also contractor Agripower to construct the storage tank. The whole project required careful planning and project management which we were happy to provide.

South Oxfordshire District Council funded the project via Section 106 developer contributions.

Chinnor Rugby Football Club will shortly have access to a ready supply of natural water to irrigate its pitches, which not only saves money but significantly reduces the environmental impact of using potable mains water.