Refurb of an 1850’s Village School in a Conservation Area
Brampton Village Primary School was originally built in the 1850’s, but over the years it was subjected to a series of repairs which had left it looking unattractive, with a mish-mash of different bricks and cement.
Now, with it needing some serious restoration work, it was time to put right these random repairs and give it a cosmetic transformation to bring it back to the full delight of its initial build.
The school had grown, over the years, but this original building housed the staffroom, which was temporarily relocated to the newer part of the school. This was a luxury for us as many of our jobs take place with “business as usual” so we’re used to working quietly, tidily and efficiently, in order to allow the building to continue its normal daily operation.
The school is situated in a conservation area which gives it the same status as a listed building, so it was deemed essential to bring the school back to the same look that it would have had when first built. Fortunately, at Hutchinson’s Builders we have a wealth of experience in working with listed buildings and are used to dealing with their inherent complexities.
This particular job also involved specialist brickwork repairs, with handmade bricks to suit the current requirements. The project involved a lot of intricate work and entailed removing individual bricks that had blown, as well as repointing the original brickwork on all elevations.
Traditional lime mortar and masonry techniques were utilised to ensure the restoration was as close to the original as possible. We even analysed the original mortar and chemically matched it to ensure the detail had been taken care of.
The unattractive concrete tiles on the roof, which had been added in the 1980’s were stripped completely and a high percentage of the roof timbers were replaced due to dry rot. In its place were new timbers and beautiful clay tiles, really helping to bring it back to its former glory.
"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."