Project Number 1
At the end of 2017 we were privileged and honoured to be awarded the million pound refurbishment and renovation of Edgecumbe Hall and Thornton House in Clifton, Bristol
A pair of Grade 2* listed Villas built in 1831 set in the heart of this prestigious area that had been let as a commercial premises for many years, and had therefore undergone a long period of minimal and in some cases very poor repairs culminating in a very tired building in need of extensive TLC.
The client had already employed a company to act as Contract Administrators to oversee the project and HMS Ltd were then employed as Principal Contractors to undertake the complete refurbishment of both properties simultaneously throughout 2018 with handover being scheduled for February 14th 2019.
As is always the way with properties of this nature, there were many rules and regulations in the way in which the historical features of the building were treated, specifically the external façade, the original fireplaces, the highly ornate coving and doors that had the original inlaid plaster gauche.
Planning and Conservation Officers all had an input and quite rightly made sure that HMS provided the necessary method statements and assurances to ensure that any works undertaken were completed to the highest standard and maintaining the continuity of original materials used.
To start with the whole of the outside needed to be cleaned and repaired, windows needed repairing and made operational, cast iron rainwater gulleys and downpipes needed to be replaced where necessary and re-sealed.
Internally, all modern partitions and finishes were to be removed and the original coving, cornices, skirting’s, architraves and wall panelling to be repaired, including making moulds and replacing as original plaster gauche’ that were inlaid into several of the doors. New electrical supplies, water and gas supplies were installed and a complete re-wire and re-plumb was carried out. All woodwork including shutters and original brass handles were restored to operation and the fire places expertly restored to original magnificence.
Walls and ceilings were made good and lined with 1200guage paper before being painted in a colour befitting the age and style of the building. A few windows had been fitted with louvre type openings in the seventies and these were removed and bespoke made sashes installed to match the other existing windows.
After such an extensive refurbishment the grounds were also cleared, trimmed and re-laid. Some modern items such as Bicycle shelters were also installed as well as bollard car park lighting.
The property was handed back to the client, as promised, on February 14th 2019, one year and twelve days later.