Tag Archives: New Build

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.

    Westminster School Extension

    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

    Architect = Ptolemy Dean Architects Ltd

    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.

    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.

    Chapter House, St Paul’s Cathedral

    Value = £2,400,000

    Location = St Paul Cathedral, London

    Architect = Purcell UK

    Summary = Full internal / external refurbishment and internal alterations

    Challenge = Working on a Grade II listed building within the city of London provided its own distinct set of challenges. The client and architect were looking to provide a 21st century office and meeting space, while at the same time preserving the layout and traditional finishes seen in many parts of the building.

    Solution = Internal alterations to provide a lift and new staircases throughout the building, new internal glass partitions, finishes, decorations and services, plus removal of the existing roof and construction of a new roof structure to provide a new third floor level.

    Chapter House, St Paul’s Cathedral

    St Lawrence Newland Church

    Value = £155,000

    Location = St Lawrence, Essex

    Architect = Tim Venn / Daniel Connal Partnership

    Summary = Construction of Heritage room annexe to St Lawrence Newland Church.

    Challenge = The client wished to provide a new heritage room linked to the existing church. The heritage room was to be built of modern construction, but with a nod to the existing church to ensure the aesthetic is in keeping.

    Solution = Use reclaimed Suffolk white bricks to form a low plinth detail to match the church. Formed a new internal stone archway and door through to church, provision of accessible WC and kitchenette and installation of heating and lighting to annexe room. Provided an external accessible ramp with handrail to heritage room entrance.

    "The monthly meetings between us, Bakers and our Contract Administrators (Daniel Connal Partnership) worked well and we were delighted with the result. We have no hesitation in recommending Bakers to others and look forward to being able to use your services again.”
    Michael Pudney

    This project was recently Commended at the Diocese of Chelmsford, Design Awards 2017

    St Lawrence Newland Church

    Loft Conversion, Billericay

    Value = £385,000

    Location = Billericay

    Architect = Simon Hurst

    Overview/Summary = Conversion of loft area into 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, including alterations to the main staircase and first floor bedrooms.

    Background/ Challenge = Converting a large loft whilst the clients were in occupation into additional accommodation – 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

    Solution = Full temporary roof, the works were carried out accessing from the roof and contained the area within the loft. The breakthrough was carried out during the clients holiday when the stairs were installed and stair well formed.