£2m to £5m
The scope of this refurbishment and redevelopment project included integrating modern mechanical and electrical equipment seamlessly into a period building, whilst ensuring the continuity of design throughout. Adjoining the extension onto the existing building proved challenging in this aspect due to differing floor levels. All whilst retaining the original character and unique features of the building.
Preserving the character of the original features of the existing building was important during this scheme, therefore it called for 18 months of planning to ensure the best solution was realised. Great care was taken in the selection of materials in terms of both brickwork and roof tiles and joinery details in order to match the existing building. Careful mortar analysis took place to ensure that the mortar would match colour and texture in repairs to the building. All existing window and door joinery were carefully repaired and conserved.
The methodology included the initial refurbishment of the existing building, including structural alterations to allow for the addition of the extension afterwards. The carefully planned construction phase meant that many trades were working on various areas of the building concurrently. The majority of the mechanical and electrical services were relocated in a suspending ceiling above the corridors throughout the building, thus minimising the impact of the fit-out on the Historic Fabric. Enhancing the mechanical and electrical elements of the building has improved the functionality of the building, bringing it into the modern era.
The refurbishment project was shortlisted in the 2023 Constructing Excellence West Midlands Conservation & Regeneration Award category.
The final outcome of this project resulted in a sympathetically restored boarding house with much-needed additional accommodation that transported the building to the modern era, ensuring its purpose for years to come.