Tag Archives: Refurbishment

Listed House Renovation

Summary = A listed house renovation and remodeling

Bakers recently completed phase one of remodeling and refurbishment works to this early 16th century Grade II Listed house, whilst the family remained living in the property.

Works included internal remodeling, extensive new electrical and mechanical installation, joinery, ceiling and wall repairs, new cornices, decorating and some external works.

The ground floor was replaced with an insulated limecrete floor and finished with limestone flagstones. New timber paneling was fitted to some areas all fireplaces and surrounds were refurbished. Repointing was carried out to the inner fireplaces and a timber fireplaces with marble slips were installed to some fireplaces.

Most walls were replastered with haired lime and quirked beaded corners installed. Redecoration was carried out throughout the property.

All plumbing and heating system was installed with new period radiators throughout the property. Period sanitary ware was installed to three bathrooms. A completely new electrical system was installed.

Bakers’ in-house joinery workshop manufactured a number of bespoke fitted furnishings for the kitchen and some replica intenal doors to match the existing.

Externally, Kien render and paint (breathable mineral based render and paint) was applied and all timber box frame sash windows were refurbished.

Bakers Accredited Training Programme

We are actively helping to reduce the skills shortage within the construction industry, in particular the heritage sector, by creating two new places on our Bakers Accredited Training Programme.

Bakers Accredited Training Programme

Our 18 month internal training programme is built around an onsite based NVQ, together with externally accredited in-house training modules. Our onsite, externally assessed training programme will enable the trainees to become qualified and skilled Heritage Building Craftsmen.

Working within our Church Works department, the Trainee Heritage Building Craftsmen will carry out a variety of conservation and restoration projects on churches, cathedrals and ancient buildings. On successful completion of the accredited training programme the trainees will have a varied and valuable skill set, and will continue to work on many interesting church projects with the opportunity for subsequent training and internal promotion.

If you would like to register your interest, please email info@bakersofdanbury.co.uk or apply in writing to: Managing Director, Bakers of Danbury Ltd, Eves Corner, Danbury, Essex CM3 4QB.

To view all of the vacancies Bakers of Danbury and its Sister Companies have visit our Vacancies Page

A Christmas Tree for Danbury

As part of our continued investment to support our local community, in Bakers of Danbury donated a large Christmas tree to the village of Danbury again.

The community of Danbury enjoyed a Christmas event hosted by Danbury Parish Council for the whole village to enjoy, on the evening of Monday 6th December. As the event is becoming more popular every year, it was attended by record numbers again, according to the Parish Council Chairman Stuart Berlyn.

After the count down, Father Christmas switched on the Christmas tree lights and everyone enjoyed singing along to traditional Christmas carols, accompanied by the wonderful Salvation Army Band and the Choir from St Johns C of E Primary School.

After the carols were sung, everyone enjoyed warm refreshments and treats at Danbury Sports and Social Centre and the children of Danbury were delighted to meet Father Christmas.

Cllr Stuart Berlyn, Chairman of Danbury Parish Council said:

From not being able to hold an event last year to tonight’s magical ‘turning on’ of the lights by ‘Father Christmas’ – the children had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed it. Many thanks to all who contributed to our village event. Happy Christmas to one and all"

You can keep up-to-date with other initiatives within Baker's Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, which we set up to help support both our local community and the communities in which we work by visiting our Corporate Social Responsibility Page or by liking our Facebook page!

Stone Replacement & Conservation

Summary = stone replacement and conservation work to a residential property, which included stone quoins, stone window jambs, stone window surrounds, stone windowsills and stone lintels

Challenge = Exposure to the weather had deteriorated some of the stonework. New replacement stone had to be sourced and cut to size to match the original pieces.

Solution = Located on the edge of Royston Heath, which is famous for the former horse racecourse, within the ancient town of Royston in East Hertfordshire; this traditionally built property was originally three separate cottages. An earlier sympathetic conversion to all three cottages has provided one beautiful, spacious residential property, which features flint cobbled external walls and stone quoins. Exposure to the weather had sadly deteriorated some of the stonework.

As Bakers of Danbury Ltd were carrying out repair and conservation work to the local church, St John the Baptist which had been devastated by a fire back in 2018, the owners of this property asked Bakers to carry out stone replacement and conservation work to their property. Bakers’ craftsmen measured the individual stones they had identified as being beyond repair and made templates for replacement stones to match the original. Bakers of Danbury’s sister company Collins and Curtis Masonry Ltd carefully selected Tottenhoe Clunch directly from the quarry to match the existing Clunch stonework to this property.

All stone quoins to the main gable end were replaced, together with complete window jambs, surrounds and lintels, cut and profiled by stone masons to match the existing. Yorkstone from “Edgehill” quarry was used to replace the windowsills.

The existing flint cobbles were carefully reinstated, where they had been disturbed, and repointed with an NHL 3.5 lime mortar mix with selected graded aggregate sands and fine flint chippings incorporated to match the existing mortar.

To hear more about similar projects about stone replacement and conservation visit our Latest News page or the Bakers of Danbury Facebook page.

Newsletter (Summer 2021)

Projects featured within this newsletter for which Bakers of Danbury have been the Principal Contractor include a water tower conversion, restoration works to St Lawrence Jewry and Royal Geographical society in London and design and build school projects at King John School and Castledon Primary School.

In addition to those projects, this newsletter includes updates from Bakers’ sister companies Collins and Curtis Masonry Ltd and Pickford Builders Ltd.

Click on the image below to open the newsletter as a PDF document. To read other projects we are working on, please visit our service pages and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

bakers of danbury newsletter 2021