Alan Staley Building Contractors Ltd has picked up a remarkable double win securing the national prize for best Large Renovation Project and Heritage Project.
The company secured the titles for work on The Dower House, a prestigious listed property surrounded by amazing gardens that overlook Melbourne Pool. The work involved the demolition of a 1960s wing and the construction of a large two floor stone extension in its place, a stunning addition to the property in keeping with the original look of the house.
Working with a listed building requires a careful and sensitive approach to adapting the historic fabric and improving its practical performance. A lot of the work carried out required the use of bespoke items such as stone carving details for external elevation, timber moulding profiles for furniture and library units, nautical parquet floor design and a complex external pyramid over an internal dome which boasts a circular opening window. All of these small unique items amount to a truly remarkable build that is almost unrecognisable from the poorly built 1960s extension.
“We estimate that 90% of all projects we complete are for the National Trust or through Historic England. Many projects specialise in the construction and restoration of historic buildings and ancient monuments.” Alan Staley explained. “We are very pleased that the FMB recognises the importance of protecting and preserving our heritage. The Dower House project is a perfect nomination for the awards, rectifying a poorly designed 1960s extension that was out of keeping with the historic fabric of the grand appearance of the building. The project required highly skilled craftsmanship, engineering, patience and professional execution to maintain the clients’ expectations and progress this unique project”.
Working closely with local authorities, heritage officers and highly respected architects, Alan Staley Building Contractors Ltd completed the work to the highest of standards, improving the house and retaining its history. This property is not only being recognised by the FMB, it was also acknowledged by the Civic Society and nominated by independent Heritage Architects to receive the Civic Award in 2016.