Over the years Cliftonthorpe hall has changed from stately home, to convalescent care during the war, to residential care home. Until recently it was converted in to well-appointed apartments. On Wednesday 20th of October 2010, the roof of the hall set a-blaze, eventually travelling to the majority of the main Hall building. Further details can be found on this link.
Bonser Building Contractors was approached by insurance surveyors Cunningham Lindsay Ltd the following week to start mitigation damage to the property and to assess the overall damage of the building. Shortly afterwards the company secured the full contract to fully refurbish the building back to its original quality.
The project ended up having an overall value of approximately £750,000.00, and due to its scale was undertaken over a period just shy of a year. Throughout the works, Scott Bonser had to deal with numerous apartment residents, numerous insurance companies and specialist contractors, all in order to complete the contract on time and on budget.
Following the initial contact from Cunningham Lindsay Surveyors, Bonsers was asked to go in and ensure that the building was fully secured off from the general public and any items that posed a possible risk were addressed. Heras fencing was established around the entire building and alternative access routes were arranged for residents of the adjoining cottage properties to the rear of the main hall building,
Once the building was secured, welfare facilities were established and the amount of damage / repair works required had been assessed, the first part of the project was to reinstate the roof to ensure water tightness of the building and allow for the reinstatement of the flats individually, due to the amount of damage only a very few roof tiles could be salvaged, therefore we arranged for a roof covering merchant to find suitable replacements that matched the existing tiles as close as possible.
Once the roof had been reinstated, works on the internal began, to the majority of the apartments, the damage was such that the all services and finishes had to be stripped out, taking the walls back to bare brickwork, at this stage, due to the age of the building, it was decided that damp proof render and insulation would be reinstated onto all external exposed walls, from this all services were reinstated and all plastering undertaken to match all the existing ornate details.
For the final stages of the project, each apartment resident was brought back in to specify fittings and furnishings, bespoke kitchens and bedroom furniture were installed throughout along with designer bathrooms and fittings throughout. All apartments were then handed over in staged back to the residents and the building was left in a clean state upon completion.