Category Archives: New Builds & Refurbishments

Benyon Primary School, Thurrock

Summary = A new build school extension comprising of six classrooms including alteration and refurbishment works within the existing school, and extensive hard landscaping to extend the car park and playground.

Value = £1,730,000

Location = Thurrock, Essex

Challenge = Due to the National Lockdown which was put place to stop the spread of covid-19; it was decided to reprogram the project, after close consultation with the school and Thurrock council.

Solution = The new build school extension provided six new classrooms, which were handed over to the school to occupy, whilst Bakers refurbished four existing classrooms. The extension was mainly single storey, with a high roof where it extends the existing main hall. The extension had a block and beam floor and a hollowcore plank roof, finished with Sarnafill which is a single ply roofing membrane for flat roof waterproofing. Refurbishment works currently taking place include the main hall, corridors, staffroom, reception and administration areas. The project is set to meet its deadline of the 31st December 2020.

Some existing windows and doors were refurbished, together with new windows and DF30 and DF60 fire rated doors installed. An external automatic fire door was installed to the main hall to provide an exit to outside. Joinery works include a new reception desk with an oak and glazed glass reception screen. New timber glazed screens were manufactured and installed within the reception and the main hall. New door linings and frames in soft wood were manufactured and installed to the reception area and the new extension.

Temporary works included installing a hardcore lane, leading from the existing school gate within the school field to the site compound, all of which were securely fenced off from the school field and playground. As the only entrance is off Tyson Place, all parking and deliveries took place during designated times out of school pick-up, drop-off and breaks. To help manage this, deliveries had to call the site office before arrival.

The existing car park was extended to provide extra hard surface parking spaces and modifications made to collect surface water from the car park. The existing playground was remodelled and resurfaced as well as extended to provide a new playground. New rainwater goods were installed to the extension, and modifications to the foul and service water made to the existing building. Landscaping is programmed to take place during the October half term. A new canopy is currently being constructed to the main entrance, with a block column, roof joists and cladded in traspar cladding to match exiting cladding throughout the school. Bakers are currently constructing a metal cycle shelter which was manufactured offsite, to be later constructed onsite and fixed on a concrete base.

As the project was considered as essential works, it continued throughout the National lockdown. Although works were carried out whilst the school was closed, Bakers had to ensure that the school remained fully functioning because for many months, it was not clear as to when the school will reopen. After consulting the school and Thurrock Council, it was agreed that Bakers would bring forward the refurbishment and alteration works to the corridors, main hall and the new car park extension, which were originally programmed to take place during school holidays.

To continue works during the lockdown Bakers implemented a new risk assessment to ensure social distancing and other measures were introduced to prevent the risk of spread of Covid-19 amongst everyone working on the project. Throughout the project, monthly progress review meetings have been taking place remotely with Bakers' Contract Manager and Site Manager, Architect, Thurrock Council and the school.

It has been extremely important that Bakers works closely with the school to manage access and safety issues, particularly when carrying out refurbishment works to within the school after the students returned after lockdown. The site is always monitored by the Site Manager and inspections carried out by our external health and safety consultant to ensure we comply with health and safety legislation.

Grade II Listed Barn Conversion

Summary = A Grade II Listed barn conversion to provide entertainment suite, garages, kitchen/ bar area and gymnasium.

Challenge = The original Grade II Listed barn was in need of structural under pinning, together with timber frame and roof repairs.

Solution = Bakers recently carried out a conversion of a barn and stable block to provide an entertainment suite, garages, kitchen/ bar area and gymnasium which involved extensive timber frame and roof repairs, as well as structural underpinning.

All existing timber weather boarding was removed and repair work and straightening carried out to the existing timber frame. Repairs were made to the brick plinth and the roof completely stripped and restored with reclaimed peg tiles.

Bakers' joinery workshop hand crafted new doors, oak staircase and sepele sash casement windows to match the existing

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Barn conversion

Summary = Barn conversion to provide a Grade II Listed luxury home.

Challenge = The original barn was in need of structural and roof repairs.

Solution = Bakers of Danbury carried out a conversion of a Grade II Listed barn to provide a luxury domestic dwelling. The original timber frame was repaired, carefully cleaned and retained.

The bedrooms were constructed on two mezzanine floors at each end of the barn, linked by a contemporary steel and glass walkway accessed by a steel, oak and glass staircase. The works included a hi-tech electronic lighting and sound system and underfloor heating.

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Alteration and Restoration Works

Summary = Alteration and restoration works to a Grade II Listed home.

Challenge = Retaining existing structure whilst repairing decayed and damaged roof timbers.

Solution = Bakers recently built a hand-cut oak timber framed extension as well as carrying out other alterations and restoration works to the Grade II Listed Marygolds Barn in Essex. Believed to date back to the late 16th century, Little Loveney Hall lies within a well preserved medieval moat.

Bakers' team of carpenters, bricklayers, plasterers and groundworkers led by Matt Edwards and Terry Barber have carried out extensive internal restoration and alteration works which include new floors and finishes, plastering between the rafters using thermalime, re-pointing to the inglenook fireplace and repair and re-pointing to the central chimney stack, which has three diagonal shafts.

A new Oak timber framed extension was hand-cut, traditionally jointed and assembled on site. It provides a kitchen and dining room extension as well as a first floor bedroom with en-suite.

New heating, plumbing, electricity and lighting systems have been installed. Externally Bakers have carried out timber frame and timber roof repairs which include repairing the main rafter and truss and strengthenning and repair work to the primary beams. Repairs were carried out to the dormers and new sepele sash casement replacement windows were manufactured in Bakers of Danburys Joinery Workshop and installed on site to match the existing. A new render was applied with pargeted panels to match the existing.

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Restoration of a Fire Damaged Farmhouse

Summary: Restoration of a fire damaged Grade II Listed farmhouse.

Challenge: Due to extensive fire and smoke damage the home needed internal and external restoration, as well as structural strengthening.

Solution: Bakers of Danbury recently carried out the restoration of a fire damaged Grade II Listed farmhouse. The oak frame was rebuilt to around 60% of the house, using traditional methods. Repairs carried out to the remaining oak frame included oak rafter repairs, joist repairs and structural strengthening to the whole roof.

Peg tiles were salvaged and reused. New peg tiles were introduced to match the original tiles. Traditional Lath & Lime plaster was applied to the walls.

Fire damaged timbers were removed and replaced with green oak using traditional joinery methods. Where possible good quality timber was salvaged.

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Renovation and Internal Refurbishment

Summary = Renovation and internal refurbishment together with a new build pool house extension. To ensure the finished home was of the highest quality; the owners also stipulated bespoke high quality joinery and furniture to be installed throughout.

Challenge = This Grade ll Listed seven-bedroom house was in need of a substantial renovation and sympathetic internal refurbishment throughout; including heating and electrical installation, extensive external works and the demolition and rebuild of a new pool house.

Solution = The owners were aware of Bakers of Danbury's reputation for providing high quality craftsmanship and were pleased to find out, not only could Bakers of Danbury design the bespoke joinery and architectural timber work, but also can manufacture everything for the project by using their in-house joinery workshop

In total the team designed, manufactured and installed the following:

  • Internal bespoke fitted wardrobes
  • Internal doors, similar style to the original doors to comply with new fire regulations
  • Two new bespoke staircases with balustrades
  • Sash windows to match those existing and refurbishment of those windows that could be restored
  • Wall panelling to match the existing in the playroom and lounge area
  • Ornate radiator covers
  • In addition to the extensive joinery work, Bakers of Danbury also demolished and re-built the pool house. With new underground drainage, the new pool house now boasts tiled changing rooms throughout, themed lighting and handmade double glazed windows and French doors with fanlights to match the rest of the property.

    Inside the house a beautiful oak floor was salvaged from other rooms within the farm house and re-laid to make an impressive entrance lobby. Elsewhere, the original oak and parquet flooring was brought back to life after being taken up, re-laid, then expertly sanded and finished.

    As a result of the project, the home has truly been brought back to its former glory, with the attention to detail and high quality workmanship shining through. The owners described Bakers of Danbury as being “very professional, skilled and polite”.

    The owners were so impressed with the work carried out, that they asked Bakers of Danbury to return and restore their stable block.

    Westminster Deanery

    Summary = A refurbishment and roofing project at Westminster Deanery, which sits within the grounds of Westminster Abbey.

    Location = Westminster, London

    Challenge = Nationwide Lock down due to the Covid-19 pandemic

    Solution = Works continued safely on site during the Covid-19 lockdown, due to sensible planning and safe working procedures put in place on site. Bakers are currently midway through the £1.8 million refurbishment and roofing project at Westminster Deanery, which sits within the grounds of Westminster Abbey.

  • Westminster Deanery roof works
  • Roof works carried out by Bakers involved stripping the existing roof, recasting original lead and re-leading the roof adjacent to the West Towers of the abbey. The pitched tiled roof area was also stripped, with structural repairs undertaken and then retiled with a mix of reclaimed peg tiles and new handmade tiles . A full overhaul of the rainwater goods is also being undertaken, with refurbished cast iron and lead downpipes, hoppers and chutes. Bakers increased the gradient of the roof (compliant with lead sheet association guidelines).

  • Westminster Deanery refurbishment works
  • The entire deanery including a grand function room are being renovated which includes five bedrooms, a kitchen, utility, dining area and the Dean's study and offices, along with two bathrooms and the addition of one new bathroom. Upgraded electrical and mechanical installations are being completed, along with improvements to insulation wherever possible. Full decoration is also being undertaken externally, including the 15th Century elevation being stripped of many layers of paint to reveal the original brickwork façade underneath.

    A new hardwood doorway and canopy will lead to the refurbished garden, which will be landscaped and have new drainage installed before the Deanery is handed back at the end of this year.

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    Westminster School

    Summary = Bakers of Danbury Ltd are currently building an extension to Westminster School. The extension includes meeting and teaching space as well as offices for school staff. Bakers have completed phases one and two which involved the demolition of the existing building and an archaeological dig. We are currently working on phase three.

    Location = Westminster, London

    Challenge = Access is restricted due to working on a live school. Westminster School is the only ancient school in London which still occupies its original site. The site of the new extension is very closely surrounded by Grade I Listed buildings, some dating back to the 11th century.

    Solution = Phase one involved the careful demolition of the modern concrete music centre in Little Dean’s Yard. The demolition was carried out carefully to protect the Grade I Listed buildings surrounding the site.

    Careful demolition and breaking out was also carried out on the reinforced concrete foundation to the music center to protect the archaeology below ground.

    During phase two Bakers oversaw archaeological excavations, which were carried out in conjunction with Pre-Construct Archaeology. The archaeological excavations uncovered part of the original kitchen to the Monks Abbey dating back to the 11th century. A section of the new build floor will be cantilevered glass - creating a platform from which to view the archaeology below ground level, which was exposed during archaeological excavations.

    Working under the instruction of Ptolemy Dean Architects Ltd, Bakers of Danbury are currently working on phase three of the project. During this phase Bakers will be using traditional building techniques and materials to create a new build extension. The new extension will be constructed with handmade bricks, reclaimed tiles, lead roofing and handmade timber and lead windows. The extension will house a new teaching/ meeting area and offices for the school staff.

    Bakers will also carry out internal renovation works and external restoration works to a number of surrounding school buildings.

    This project will also include a full M&E package which includes the new build extension and existing school buildings, as well as landscaping to Little Deans Yard, which lays the front of Westminster School.

    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

    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

    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.