Client: Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Service: Construction & Restoration
Value: £1.4m
Timescale: 40 weeks

Brief
The former college site owned by the RNIB was no longer fit for purpose. Planning consent was obtained by Countryside Properties PLC on the 16 acre Green Belt site to create a large scale residential plot, which would fund the development of facilities for the RNIB. Our contract comprises the refurbishment and restoration of two buildings to the frontage of the site and the construction of a new build multi-purpose venue.

Solution and Results
The Tudor House involves the complete refurbishment and restoration of a Grade II listed building. It will be converted into a sub office for the RNIB with the addition of a two bedroom apartment on the upper floor.

The scope includes the protection of the existing building fabric, refurbishment of the existing elevations (brickwork, stone, roof, windows, etc), the extension of the main staircase to the upper floor, the installation of a new lift shaft and the complete internal renovation of the building to create usable office space for the RNIB.

We were also awarded the design and build contract to construct a new build multi-purpose venue to the rear of the property worth £1m in value.
The Garden Cottage is an existing two-bed cottage, which requires a two-storey extension to the side and a single-storey extension to the rear. The existing elements of the cottage will undergo full refurbishment to a high specification. Once complete it will offer a 5-bed, fully accessible family home.