We are delighted that Listed Heritage Magazine has featured a four page article on our works to The Charterhouse.
Having been hidden from view and closed to public for over 650 years - the Charterhouse, a historic London landmark was recently opened to public by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh (28 February 2017). The Queen also unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.
In recent months Charterhouse underwent a large conservation, restoration and alteration project “Revealing the Charterhouse”, which included remodelling of 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 recently completed £4 million project, “Revealing the Charterhouse” was funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund and other generous supporters. The project aimed 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.
To ensure that the whole project was carried out to the highest standard, Bakers of Danbury were appointed Principal Contractors. With over 135 years of traditional craftsmanship handed down through generations, Bakers of Danbury have long been associated with the regions fine historic monuments and buildings. Bakers of Danbury’s previous experience of working on the Charterhouse include mechanical and engineering with associated sensitive builders works and conservation works.
Summary =A sympathetic extension and redecoration to St Catherine's Church, East Tilbury to provide a new kitchen area and toilet facilities. Works also included a new heating installation to both the extension and church, along with a full renovation of flooring, walls and roof to the main church.
Value = £330,000
Location = East Tilbury, Essex
Architect =Inkpen Downie Architecture and Design Ltd
Solution = St Catherine's Church, East Tilbury is an important survival from the 12th century. The site is associated with the first church established by St Cedd.
Works involved an extension and redecoration to St Catherine's Church, East Tilbury. The parishioners were consulted to set out requirements for the building which was to provide some basic amenities such as a kitchen and toilet facilities.
Designed to allow focus to remain on the existing Church building; the extension is a simple free-standing structure with no interference on the existing structure. The external walls are clad in weathered horizontal oak boarding, reminiscent of timber porches commonly found in Essex where stone is a scarce material. The roof is configured to allow the use of pan-tiles without encroaching on existing openings. The foundations are a shallow raft supported on piles, to minimise interference with burials and underlying archaeology.
When the opening to the west door was unblocked to provide access to the new extension, it revealed decayed and missing stonework. This was reinstated and repaired with great attention to detail.
Internally, a new heating system was installed within the extension and church and the floors, walls and roof to main church were all renovated.
The new kitchen and toilet facility, together with a new heating system makes the church more usable as a place of worship.
Works were completed January 2016. The new facilities have enabled the Church to open for teas and homemade cakes from Easter to October on the afternoons of the last Sunday in the month and on Bank holiday Mondays.
This project was recently Highly Commended at the Diocese of Chelmsford, Design Awards 2017 for Development and Restoration.
Photos credited to Inkpen Downie Architecture and Design Ltd
Summary = A new build double storey extension which consisted of a garden room, dining room and first floor bedroom with en-suite.
Value = £150,000
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.
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.
Summary = Replacement of sand cast lead roof, including structural roof timber repairs, masonry works, internal plastering and redecoration to the Victorian Song School, Chelmsford Cathedral
Value = approximately £200,000
Location = Chelmsford Cathedral
Architect = Purcell Architects
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 = The church department have spent the summer of 2017 removing the existing lead and boarding to the Victorian Song School roof structure which over the years had been sagging due to its poor construction methods.
As it is part of a Grade I Listed building, the remit for the scheduled works was to construct a new steel roof frame over the existing timber structure below, which then had to be connected to hold the existing timbers in their current position. Once we had secured this in place it then received a complete new timber structure over the top, which was topped off with new lead. Internally new lath and plaster adorns the ceiling.
This project involved Intensive site management and close liaison with Cathedral staff and project team.
Looking at the job now, before and after doesn’t look like we have done anything, which is always a good sign with a restoration project!
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.
Location = The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban (North Ambulatory, Transfiguration Chapel & South Cloister)
Value = £207,000
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.
Having worked on St Albans Cathedral over 17 years, 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.
Summary = Restoration of church roof, including strengthening and alterations to meet modern regulations.
Value = £162,000
Location = Willingale, Essex
Architect = Simon Marks - Purcell
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.
Over 50 years have passed since Bakers of Danbury were originally instructed to install a memorial stone for King Harold within the grounds of Waltham Abbey church. Fast forward to 2017 and Bakers of Danbury have returned to restore the stone memorial.
The monument was originally installed in the churchyard in 1964, overseen by Mr David Wood who later became Managing Director of Bakers of Danbury. Bakers of Danbury have returned over 50 years later to restore the memorial. This time, works were over seen by David Wood’s son, Antony Wood who having followed in his father’s footsteps, is now a Director of Bakers of Danbury.
The simple granite memorial consists of a small plaque of smooth granite inlaid, with the inscription “Harold, King of England-obit 1066”. In addition to restoring the original memorial, Bakers of Danbury also donated and installed a new inscribed plaque.
The existing tablet in front of the memorial stone, (with the inscription “This stone marks the position of the high altar behind which King Harold is said to be buried 1066”) was also cleaned and restored.
This is all part of the 950th anniversary events commemorating the death of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings. These events have been made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to a partnership led by Epping Forest District Museum. The monument is the focus for the annual memorial event commemorating the death of Harold on 14 October, organised by the King Harold Day Society.
Location = Brentwood Cathedral
Client = Diocese of Brentwood
Summary = Internal decoration and cleaning of the high level gilding, stone columns and floors.
Challenge = High level internal access and protection of the organ whilst works carried out overhead.
Solution = Full bird cage scaffold erected to use when cleaning gilding and when decorating of the ceiling upper walls. External access provision for glazing contractor to replace the existing leaking lead lights in the cupola.
Fr Martin Boland, Dean of the Cathedral said:>
"I would like to thank you again for the professionalism of Bakers of Danbury, for your personal advice and for all those who worked so hard, efficiently and to the highest standard."