A PRESTIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT NEAR MALPAS, CHESHIRE
ABOUT THE SITE
PROGRESS / GALLERY
The fine weather continued throughout April enabling the site to completely dry
out after the winter as the rear views of the house demonstrate below.
The pool house roof trusses and remaining structural steelwork were placed by crane.
The main house roof and box gutters were also completed during the month.
This month proved to be the driest onsite since brickwork commenced last August.
This enabled the main house roof to fully progress including the flat roof section
for the skylight as imaged below.
The far reaching views to the west can also be fully appreciated. The chimney was
also topped out this month ready to receive its Georgian pot.
Brickwork continued at a pace to pool house and by the end of March the stone heads
had all been placed above the windows and the doors.
After a further bitterly cold spell in January the pace of works began to pick up
and by mid-February the remaining storage barn was demolished to make way for the
gym and plant room extension to the pool house.
The pool house itself was pumped out to enable the temporary block walls to be constructed
to support the beam and block flooring which was subsequently laid at the end of
Meanwhile on the main house all brickwork was completed to the third floor and the
roof trusses arrived on site.
December 2010 and January 2011
Despite the bitterly cold and inclement weather December brought to the site, surprisingly
only 3 days were completely lost and whilst works were suspended on the barn over
the winter months the main house progressed by a further 2 scaffold lifts up to
second floor joist level which was a great effort considering the bitter temperatures
After the Christmas and New Year close down brickwork was complete to the second
floor on the main house as well as the joists and caber deck by the middle of the
Superstructure, brickwork also commenced to the pool house.
October 2010 and November 2010
Works continued throughout October to both barns and to the main house.
The roadside barns roof was completed, velux roof light installed and the roof reslated
from those originally salvaged back in February 2010.
The garage block barn rafters, roof felt and batons were installed during October
to enable the structure to be watertight before the onset of winter.
Works on the main house progressed up to first floor joist level despite being hampered
a wet October.
By Novemeber the roadside barn was completely water tight with new aluminium guttering
installed, the scaffolding was then dropped.
The garage barn block roof was also completed during November including the leadwork
for the clock tower upstand. The main house received its first floor joist and beam
and block floors whilst the two gangs of brick layers were busy on the full width
terrace, retaining walls and piers, front radius walls and dovecote.
Progress has continued at a fast pace during
September, with timbers for the new roof on the stable block are in place.
The garage block has received internal blockwork walls on the first floor to form
the apartment and offices. Also facing brickwork (using re-claimed bricks from the
original barn elevation) has been completed up to first floor level. This also included
cutting re-claimed stones found on site and now used as garage door hinge blocks.
Super-structures have commenced on the main dwelling. This has seen the first delivery
of re-claimed bricks from Blackburn Mill (click here to see article from Lancashire Telegraph),
and individual sawn cut stone pieces (Red St Bees) also sourced locally.
The leisure complex sub-structures are now completed.
Foundations to the glazed link (from the house to the leisure complex), rear retaining
wall, screen wall round to the dovecote and the dovecote itself have all been completed.
Big progress has been made during August, and
the site is now starting to develop.
The crusher was on site early in the month, and after only 3 days has left a stockpile
of some 3,500tonne of crushed concrete.
Beam and block first level floors have been installed to the stable block, internal
walls continued to joist level and new RSJs fitted ready for the construction
of the new roof.
The garage block has also received first floor block and beams, after internal blockwork
and steel had been constructed and installed. Also the new face brickwork has commenced,
with the garage door hinge blocks being cut from existing stone found on site.
Foundations, sub-structure blockwork and internal drainage have been completed to
the main dwelling and the ground floor block and beam floors are currently being
Works to the leisure complex have started; with the foundations being poured and
installation of the structural steel it is now ready to receive the sub-structure
The site strip and breaking out of the concrete
hard standings has been completed and stockpile ready for the crusher, which is
due in early August.
The site hoarding has been constructed, painted and is now awaiting advertisement
panels for the site entrance. Works to the garage block continue, with half of the
block receiving a new concrete floor whist the roof and side elevation brickwork
is being dismantles to the other section of this barn.
The new internal walls to the first floor of the stable block have been constructed
and now await the new first floor beam and block floor. Groundworks have now started
on the main dwelling, with the first sections of foundations being excavated and
Site establishment and clearence works undertaken.
All existing concrete hardstandings are being broken out and stockpiled ready to
be crushed and re-used onsite.
Works have commenced on the outbuildings including breaking out the original floors
and re-concreting, removing remainder of roof structures and the the removal of
the courtyard barn elevation which needs to be re-built.
Roof slates, battens and internal first floor
joists removed from barns. This was carried out to comply with ecological requirements,
so as to stop bats nesting prior to construction work commencing.
Pictures show site in its original condition,
with redundant out buildings and concrete hardstandings where farm sheds once stood..