Location:

Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Contract Type:

Fire Restoration

Contract Value:

£400,000

Tunbridge Wells

Whiteford CBS were appointed to the refurbishment of this 17th century Grade 2 Listed Oast House. An electrical fault within the loft caused a serious fire that resulted in serious damage to the oak frame structure and the building fabric. There was severe water damage throughout.

Due to historic nature of the building it was essential to save and restore as much of the original fabric as possible. Whiteford CBS immediately put into place emergency works to protect and prevent any further damage to the building. It was necessary to erect a temporary roof over the property and to provide temporary structural support to the oak frame structure.  A comprehensive joint inspection with the Listed Building Officer determined the elements to be saved.

Once the property was made safe and secure, it was stripped out and dried out with dehumidification equipment. The remedial works included the renewal of the roof structure, structural repairs to the first floor mezzanine and gallery area, followed by the complete reinstatement of the property.

Whiteford CBS liaised with all parties throughout the duration of the project to ensure the most satisfactory end result. The Grade II listed status determined that the restoration process used traditional building methods and authentic materials in order to be sympathetic towards its historic nature, and at the same time we were able to upgrade aspects of the building in order to comply with current building regulations. Decoration was undertaken to both the internal and external finishes as well as the renewal of external joinery and rainwater goods. Kitchen and bathrooms were renewed, along with the replacement of heating and electrical services. The historical timbers that were salvaged from the wreckage were reinstated throughout the property.