BUILDING DESIGN AWARDS 2012: Waldersea House wins Best Heritage Scheme (Conversion or Renovation)
PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 July 2012
Owner: Executive Care Group Ltd. Designer: Brand Associates.
WALDERSEA House, originally on the council’s buildings at risk register, has been carefully restored to an exceptionally high standard.
The judging panel were particularly impressed by the standard of workmanship and materials used in the restoration and the careful attention paid to using or matching original materials.
They said the scheme was a credit to the architect, developer and the owners of the property.
Waldersea House was in a very poor state of repair, with a collapsed roof in places. It had not been used for many years.
The cost or repair and improvements to make it suitable as a dwelling were prohibitive.
Negotiations between the architects, Brand Associates and the council led to enabling new build development being approved together with the repair and conversion of the house that was both economically viable and would ensure its future.
The main challenge was to incorporate the requirements of a nursing home, eg lifts, ramps, fire safety measures etc, into the building without damaging its historic fabric, features or character.
Although compromise had to be made, this has been successfully achieved.
Many of the alterations are reversible so that the building could be converted back to its former use and character.
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