All posts by Kate Gunner

Chelmsford High School for Girls

Summary = Enabling works to Chelmsford County High School for Girls ahead of the construction of a new Sports Hall and teaching block, which will include additional science facilities

Location = Chelmsford, Essex

Architect = PCH Associates

Challenge = Removal of an existing building in a live school

Solution = Enabling works to Chelmsford County High School for Girls which included the following:

  • Removal of the existing building called Bancroft and infilling the site
  • Division of existing services from Bancroft, in order to keep the swimming pool and all other blocks operational
  • Clearance and re-levelling of work site, including embankment adjacent to science block
  • Sawston Village College

    Summary = Roof works and internal decoration to two college buildings

    Location = Cambridgeshire

    Architect = PCH Associates

    Challenge = The Grade II Listed buildings had to be protected from the weather whilst the roofs were stripped and replaced

    Solution = The project was divided into two phases and temporary roofs protected the Grade II Listed Henry Morris building during Phase one and the North Wing during Phase two of works.

    Phase one of works to Sawston Village College, an academy school founded in 1930, began April 2019. Works involved the installation of the temporary roof whilst the stripping and re-roofing of the Grade II Listed Henry Morris building took place. The existing pantiles were re-laid to the front elevation of the building and new handmade pantiles were installed to the back.

    Below the roof, the deteriorating lath and plaster ceiling to the main hall was replaced with new, which included the installation of new laths, scratch coat and a finish of thermalime plaster previously approved by the Conservation Officer. Existing facia boards were replaced and the cast iron gutters and downpipes were thoroughly sanded back to metal and painted. The bell tower underwent extensive repairs to the leaded lights, structural timber and boarding.

    The second phase of works included roof works to the North Wing of the College, similar to the roof works to the Henry Morris building. All roof works and internal decoration was completed in time to hand back to the College for the new Academic New Year.

    Essex Wildlife Trust

    2019 marks the 20th year that Bakers of Danbury Ltd have been corporate sponsors for Essex Wildlife Trust.

    Bakers work in partnership with Essex Wildlife Trust whenever the opportunity arises. Financial support from Corporate members such as Bakers of Danbury is vital in enabling Essex Wildlife Trust to carry out Wildlife Conservation work across the County.

    The aim of Essex Wildlife Trust is to protect Wildlife for the future and for the people of Essex. Essex Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity and is supported financially by members, local businesses and grant making organisations. It has more than 37,000 members, manages and protects over 8,400 acres of land on 87 nature reserves, 2 nature parks and runs 11 visitor centres.

    Essex Wildlife Trust Corporate Sponsorship

    Grant Maton, Corporate Communications Officer for Essex Wildlife Trust said; “Your membership is greatly valued by the Trust and enables nature conservation to be undertaken around the county. Thank you for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.”

    Bakers of Danbury offered additional support Essex Wildlife Trust’s recent Danbury Ridge Living Landscape partnership project, which was set up to help conserve local wildlife after a survey was carried out to identify the potential planting sites throughout Danbury Ridge Living Landscape. To read more about the Danbury Ridge project visit www.essexwt.org.uk.