Sandon Hall, Staffordshire

We were instructed as The Earl of Harrowby’s project manager on a variety of projects at the Estate.  Early works centred on a number of repairs to protect the building.  These were generated by a Planned Maintenance inspection which assessed the extent of the works and prioritised the key repairs.  Stone chimney and slate roof repairs were organised to maintain water tightness along with downpipe repairs.  Underground drainage had been affected by age and tree roots, and relining was required.  The foul drainage collected in a filter bed which was cleaned and repaired to extend its life.

The Hall acts as a conference, exhibition and wedding venue.  To protect its income, and in turn protect the building, a number of services and facilities needed to be brought up to modern standards.  Perhaps most importantly, the fire precautions were overhauled including the installation of a new fire alarm system hidden behind historic oak panelling.  The access, especially for disabled persons, was poor and a new level access was created to avoid the insertion of a lift.  New toilet facilities were created at ground floor level to replace those in the basement and improve access.  A new building of a strikingly modern design was approved by English Heritage and built to provide a changing facility and bar, next to the renovated Orangery.