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Newsletter (Winter 2017)

We have had another very busy and exciting year across all of our companies, with works to some of our country’s most iconic landmarks including Westminster Abbey, St Pauls Cathedral and St Albans Cathedral to name just a few.

At the beginning of this year we had the honour of being invited to meet the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at the formal opening of The Charterhouse. The “Revealing the Charterhouse” project was a £4 million project for which Bakers were Principle Contactors. It involved the remodelling of a Grade I Listed building to house a new museum and learning centre as well as other conservation and restoration works.

2018 will mark the 140th anniversary for Bakers of Danbury, established in 1878 by William Baker with £50 and a horse and cart. The company initially carried out works to local mills but with the demise of the mills in the late 1890s, William Baker concentrated on works to churches and house building. Most houses William Baker built were with bricks from his own local brickfields.

140 years later, Bakers of Danbury continue to engage in a very similar portfolio of works ranging from conserving our regions listed buildings and monuments to new build projects including houses and schools.

We continue to work hard to maintain the company’s excellent reputation as we look forward to another 140 years. On behalf of all of our Directors I wish you and your family a peaceful but merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

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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.

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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

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

Extension to Grade II Listed Property

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.

 

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

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!

 

St Albans Cathedral

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.

This project was recently awarded a RIBA National Award 2017, 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."

 

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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.

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