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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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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.

 

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.

 

Archdeacon of London blesses new spire

The Ven Luke Miller, Archdeacon of London, recently visited St Anne and St Agnes Church in the City of London, where he blessed the new spire and weathervane, which have been rebuilt following extensive restoration works carried out by Bakers of Danbury.

The Grade I Listed church dates from the 15th century. The church was restored by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London and later survived the London Blitz.

The restoration work carried out by Bakers of Danbury included the extensive refurbishment of the tower and roof, together with external redecoration. The works were made possible by a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Archdeacon Luke said of the blessing:

“I am glad to see St Anne and St Agnes Church looking so splendid, and thank and congratulate all those involved for making the restoration possible on all their hard work. I was delighted to be able to bless the church’s new spire and weathervane, which gleamed brightly in the summer sun, representing a new chapter in the life of this historic church.”

 

Queen Elizabeth opens Charterhouse, London

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 Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh (28 February 2017). The Queen also unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.

In recent months Bakers of Danbury have been Principal Contractors for the works to the Charterhouse. The project “Revealing the Charterhouse”, 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.

Ann Kenrick OBE, Master, the Charterhouse said:

“We are hugely grateful for the works carried out by Bakers of Danbury and for their unwavering dedication to the Revealing the Charterhouse project. The skilled craftsmen from Bakers work to an extremely high standard producing a finish which has exceeded all of our expectations. They were a pleasure to work with, always keeping to their word, and we couldn’t be happier with their overall approach and diligence.

I would recommend Bakers of Danbury to anyone."

 

Click here for more information on the “Revealing the Charterhouse” project

Newsletter (December 2016)

 
 
 
 

2016 was another busy year for all of our companies. We would like to share with you, some of the very interesting projects we have had the honour in being part of; from works to St Pauls Cathedral, Charterhouse and the Barbican in London, a new build veterinary surgery in Purleigh Essex and the stunning St Mary at Quay Project in Ipswich along with various works to schools, commercial premises and private residences.

Click here to read about these interesting projects and more in our latest Newsletter

St Paul’s Cathedral, London

Value = £750,000

Location = London EC4

Architect = Caroe Architecture

Summary = Refurbishment to part of the Crypt

Challenge = Works took place whilst the Cathedral remained open to the general public.

Solution = In 2016 Bakers of Danbury returned to St Paul’s Cathedral, London - this time to refurbish part of the Crypt. Throughout the works, Bakers worked closely with the Cathedral works team to ensure works took place whilst the Cathedral remained open to the general public.

This interesting project involved very careful excavation of the Crypt floor and close working with the Cathedral Archaeologist, to ensure that any remains found were reburied.

The extensive refurbishment works included a new layout and refurbishment to the public washrooms, a total refurbishment of the Mezzanine floor, old clay pamment tiles laid from the Crypt to the public washrooms and comprehensive modern LED lighting installed to the Crypt and Mezzanine floor.