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Lower Farm, 17th Century grade II listed building with Curtilage listed outbuildings and grounds


This client, who is a designer herself, and with whom I have previously worked in an H&S role, approached me to discuss her vision for a Grade II listed building and associated outbuildings in Surrey.

We discussed and agreed the contract options and the best way to obtain 3 costs for the works required. A QS was appointed to draw up a scope of works alongside a specialist Architect who compiled and submitted the proposed drawings along with the Design and Access statement required for listed planning consent.

The property had a number of previous extensions and consisted of a variety of different styles in each section of the house. Works included removing plasterboard ceilings with modern recessed lighting and restoring the original pitched high ceilings with a modern twist of being able to see the structural steel supports, new flooring, some replacement windows, and a full overhaul of electrics and plumbing. I introduced the client to a Structural engineering company that worked alongside both the client and Contractor to ensure their proposals were not only aesthetic but could actually be installed, given restricted access through small doors and windows and a dog-legged staircase.

The client chose to appoint 2 main contractors, one for the principal building and refurbishment works and one for the MEP works. There were also a number of client-direct bespoke contractors used for, among other items, fitted furniture, and a bespoke kitchen. The pre-construction phase took 8 months and the refurbishment project was completed within 11 months, once site works had commenced.

My work included cross-checking the 3 tender returns, speaking to the contractors, appointing the Principal contractor and agreeing a relevant contract. Ensuring CDM and H&S regulations, both pre-construction and during construction were adhered to. Issuing the F10 notification, appointing and liaising with the Building Control officers, Planning and Heritage officers, budget and programme control, variation order agreements and issuing and monitoring site notes and actions. I also held a role ensuring H&S of the site was upkept and notification of any significant changes was correctly communicated to the relevant people. Working alongside the client to ensure her vision was upheld within the confines of the conditions set out in the listed building consent and site parameters, as well as numerous client direct trades was challenging at times but achieved.


The Client requested a number of changes and extras. However, the main works ran to the original programme and were completed within the 9 months anticipated, with the extra works and variations carrying on for a further 8 weeks.


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