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St Michael’s School, Braintree

Value = £250,000

Location = Braintree, Essex

Architect =Purcell

Summary = New build extension to a primary school consisting of a new staff room and medical room.

Challenge = Works had to take place without disrupting the school and its pupils.

Solution = Delivery times were restricted so that deliveries did not take place during school pick up or drop off times. Works stopped whilst the pupils sat their SAT exams.

Works involved the demolition of the existing staff room, breaking out the existing foundations and the construction of new pad and beam foundations with a Milbank floor. The construction of the new staff room consisted of a steel portal frame, with cavity brickwork to match the existing, and a pitched Kingspan roof and Trespa Cladding.

Works also included adaptations to the existing photocopy room and the provision of new toilet facilities. New kitchen facilities were fitted within the new staff and medical room. Comprehensive M&E works to new extension.

Before the school opened again in September landscaping and drainage works took place, as well as the provision of a new footpath and railings.

Newsletter (Summer 2017)

2017 has certainly been a year to remember for Bakers of Danbury!

In February we met the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh when they formerly opened the Charterhouse, London. We had been principal contractors for the works at the Charterhouse which involved remodelling the Grade I listed building to house a new museum and learning centre, amongst other conservation and restoration works.

We are also delighted with the recognition we have received for some of our recent projects, having been awarded a RICS East of England 2017 award for Building Conservation, two RIBA East 2017 awards and a Diocese of Chelmsford 2017, Design award!

The Summer Newsletter provides a short description of some of our latest projects including the restoration and remodelling works to the Grade I Listed Charterhouse in London, conservation works to The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, the restoration of the King Harold Memorial at the Waltham Abbey Church and a recently completed double storey extension to a Grade II listed home. The newsletter also features updates from our sister companies Collins and Curtis and Pickford Builders.

You can also keep up-to-date with Baker’s latest news by visiting our latest news page and our Facebook page!

If you haven't already done so, please watch the short film of one of our Joiners hand carving a crocus detail for works taking place at St Marys Church, Saffron Walden, Essex. The skill involved really is something to be admired.

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Listed Heritage Magazine

We are delighted that Listed Heritage Magazine has featured a four page article on our works to Charterhouse, London.

The article represents the project perfectly. It explains the fascinating history of the Charterhouse, followed by a description of the remodelling and restoration works that have taken place.

Bakers of Danbury were appointed Principal Contractors for the project, which involved remodelling the Grade I listed building to house a new museum and learning centre; which explores the history of the Charterhouse from the Black Death to present day.

The project called "Revealing the Charterhouse" included extensive fabric repairs to Charterhouse chapel, as well as landscaping and restoration to Charterhouse square.

Revealing the Charterhouse aims to share the Charterhouse heritage with public, as well as conserve and restore the Charterhouse itself, including the Chapel and the Charterhouse Square, to which the Charterhouse buildings surround part of.

Having been hidden from view and closed to public for over 650 years - the historic London landmark was officially opened to public by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on 28 February 2017.

 

St Catherine’s Church, East Tilbury

Value = £330,000

Location = East Tilbury, Essex

Architect =Inkpen Downie Architecture and Design Ltd

Summary = Sympathetic extension and redecoration.

Solution = Refurbishment and extension of church to provide new kitchen area and WC's including accessible WC. Provide new heating installation to both extension and church, along with full renovation of flooring, walls and roof to main church.

Photos credited to Inkpen Downie Architecture and Design Ltd

This project was recently Highly Commended at the Diocese of Chelmsford, Design Awards 2017 for Development and Restoration.

Extension to Grade II Listed Property

Value = £150,000

Summary = A new build double storey extension which consisted of a garden room, dining room and first floor bedroom with en-suite.

Challenge = The extension had to constructed sensitively, to ensure its in keeping with the existing grade II Listed property.

Solution = Bakers worked closely with the property owner throughout the build, to ensure they take part in all decision making. The extension was constructed to a high specification, with cornice designed to match the existing and new box frame sashes and french doors handmade in house by the Bakers’ Joinery workshop. Ashlar lines were applied to the exterior render to match the exterior of the existing property.

The property was occupied whilst all works were carried out. To minimise disruption to the household; the extension was constructed, with the breakthrough to the existing house being carried out towards the end of the project.

The owners were so impressed with the work carried out, they asked Bakers to return to repair their storm damaged barn. Works to the barn are due to complete later this year.

 

Kitchen/ family room extension

Value = £150,000

Location = Woodford, London

Summary = Single storey extension to a Victorian period property consisting of a large kitchen / family room, utility room, downstairs shower and w/c.

Challenge = The property remained occupied whilst all works were carried out.

Solution = As the extension was for a new kitchen / family room; bakers provided the client with a temporary kitchen to use during works, until the new kitchen was installed and final breakthrough into the house completed.

Trusses were supported on steel flitch plates to create a large open plan kitchen and family living area, with vaulted ceilings, exposed truss tie beams and floor to ceiling length windows to the rear, to enjoy views of the large garden. The shower room was tiled with traditional Victorian tiles to the floor and walls. The rest of the kitchen family room extension is tiled with natural stone floor tiles. The terrace is paved, with vertical sleepers to retain ground levels.

 

Chelmsford Cathedral

Value = £173,000

Location = Chelmsford Cathedral, Essex

Architect = Purcell UK - Simon Marks

Summary = Replacement of sand cast lead roof, including structural roof timber repairs, masonry works, internal plastering and redecoration.

Challenge = Works carried out to a very high standard of craftsmanship despite the inherent difficulties of working at a busy Cathedral with regular events requiring noise restrictions. Complex detailing of the new roof structure constructed over the existing roof trusses.

Solution = Intensive site management and close liaison with Cathedral staff and project team.

 

Bakers win RIBA awards

We are pleased to announce that, as principal contractor under the Architect, Richard Griffiths, we have been awarded RIBA East Award 2017 and RIBA East Award 2017 for Conservation for our work to The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban over a 17 year period.

Bakers of Danbury have a long-running and on-going relationship with the Cathedral which we are very proud to be a part of and consider it a privilege to maintain this incredible building for future generations to utilise and appreciate.

To find out more about recent works to St Albans Cathedral click here.

 

St Albans Cathedral

Value = £207,000

Location = The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban (North Ambulatory, Transfiguration Chapel & South Cloister)

Architect = Richard Griffiths Architects

Summary = External stone conservation, replacement & repairs, repairs to leaded glazing and replacement sand cast lead roofing.

Challenge = Works were carried out to a very high standard of craftsmanship despite the inherent difficulties of working at a busy Cathedral with regular events requiring noise restrictions and nearby heavy pedestrian traffic within a town centre.

Solution = Intensive site management and close liaison with Cathedral staff & Local Authorities to ensure the works are undertaken safely and minimise inconvenience to the Client’s daily events within the Cathedral.

This project was recently awarded a RIBA East 2017 award and a RIBA East 2017 award for Conservation.

 

St Christopher’s Church

Value = £162,000

Location = Willingale, Essex

Architect = Simon Marks - Purcell

Summary = Restoration of church roof, including strengthening and alterations to meet modern regulations.

Challenge = Fitting a new compliant roof structure into the old C14th roof timbers without disturbing the original structure and pegged joints, or affecting the existing plaster and lath ceiling. Every new rafter had to be fitted bespoke, shaving millimetres off at various points along their lengths to allow it to fit in the roof space available.

Solution = Works included stripping tiles and battens and re-roofing using bat-friendly felt, batten and tiling with hand-made Tudor tiles. Carrying out timber repairs and strengthening to the roof structure. Installing secondary roof structure in softwood to meet modern regulations regarding rafter spacing. Adjusting and adapting rainwater goods to suit new roof.