Re-furbishment, Leighton Buzzard
This privately owned end of terrace two bed Georgian house was in an extremely poor state of repair. It had been empty for over 10 years and had been left to deteriorate.
We were pleased to tender for this job and happy to win the contract to return this house to its former glory, however, soon after starting the job it became clear that there was more to it. We discovered subsidence and other major structural issues which necessitated a re-quote.
We started by bringing in a drilling rig to do a test bore hole for screw piling. Now that we had the full picture the job had expanded…
In effect, most of the house would need to be removed and replaced:
- The gable end up to the bay window was to be removed and replaced with block work, including a cavity wall
- Most of the front and rear brick work needed to be removed, along with the rendered end
- Replace and upgrade internal walls including insulation
- New bathroom
- New kitchen
- New Floor joists, although some original ones to remain
- Complete re-wire
- Electrical upgrade
- New heating system
- New staircase
The finished house was completed to current building regulations and was once again ready to be a family home.
"Hutchinson’s are without out doubt one of the best firms (of builders) I have ever dealt with. They are very thorough, their staff are excellent, and they are very focused on quality. The close involvement of Martin West and Robert Hutchinson made sure that no details were left unattended and Peter Dolling’s very close and hands-on management of the project gives great confidence that everything aspect of the job gets finished to a high standard. They have been a pleasure to work with and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them."
"The Gamlingay Eco Hub – A terrific use of space bringing the whole community together. Superb finish and attention to detail."
"Thanks to Hutchinsons building the Eco Hub so well, the Eco Hub has just been entered for another national award, this time by SCAMBS District Council themselves. The LABC Award is for Building Excellence and is all about the essence of good buildings shown from a construction and technical building control point of view. As an architect, I am not surprised that Hutchinsons are starting to win national recognition for high quality construction. Here’s hoping we win this one too."
Mark Brandon, RSPB
"The wall at the entrance has been rebuilt and widened, the shop has a much needed new storage area and there is a much larger and welcoming Visitor Reception building to meet and greet visitors."
"G&S Hutchinson provided a very helpful, flexible and friendly service under difficult circumstances with Huntingdon Bus Station remaining operational whilst the works were being carried out."
Harrogate Civic Society Judging Panel
"Achieving the seemingly impossible task of bringing the building back into use without damaging any of the historic features which make this building part of Harrogate’s heritage."