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Ugbrooke House Update

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Forde George

Following our long and fruitful relationship with the Clifford Estate, we are pleased to confirm that Forde George have been instructed to carry out a Full Building Survey of Ugbrooke House in order to produce a planned maintenance schedule, alongside some internal renovation work, for this fantastic Grade I Listed Country House in Chudleigh, Devon.

 

Front Elevation of Ugbrooke House.

                                                                         Front Elevation of Ugbrooke House.

 

A view from the Courtyard at Ugbrooke House,

                                                                   A view from the Courtyard at Ugbrooke House.

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Alterations and Refurbishment at Nethercott House

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Farms for City Children, a Devon based charity who offer urban children the opportunity to live and work on a real farm in the heart of the countryside for week long excursions, enlisted the help of Forde George with regards to their 19th Century, Grade II listed country house and associated outbuildings – Nethercott House. With the ever increasing interest and growth in the charity, the need to renovate the internal facilities to allow for the number of children was evident, therefore the client engaged Forde George to manage the overhaul of the plumbing and bathroom facilities within the Main House.

Following on from this, Farms for City Children expressed their desire to create a Food Preparation and Production Room inside of a Grade II Listed Stable/Coach House adjacent to the Main House; the purpose of the room was to create a space where the children could produce their own cheese, juices, jams and such like to further indulge in the agricultural lifestyle of rural Devon. The Stable/Coach House itself has been, over the years, converted into a store area and small office internally, whilst the external structure of the building has began to show signs of its age. Forde George were instructed to manage the essential repairs to the building, whilst also creating the proposed plans and applying for Listed Building Consent to create the Production Room. The project is currently on-going, with the production room anticipated to be in full use by the Summer of 2017.

 

David, and Catherine of Farms for City Children, discussing the proposals for the Stable/Coach House

                                David, along with Dean and Catherine of Farms for City Children, discussing the proposals for the Stable/Coach House renovation.

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Listed Buildings And Unauthorised Alterations

Posted on August 11, 2015 by Forde George

Forde George Chartered Building Surveyors based in Exeter, Devon undertake a significant number of pre-acquisition building surveys of Listed Buildings and are able to provide in depth dialogue on buildings design, chronology, construction, condition, repair and likely future management. Of particular interest to a purchase is the impact of the building’s ‘Listed’ status and whether any unauthorized alterations have previously been carried out.

The impact of a building’s ‘Listed’ status is often misinterpreted by owners. There is the prevalent misconception that the degree of protection varies between Grades II, II* and Grade I and, for example, that such restrictions only apply to features contained within the description, such as entrance porticos, fireplaces, stairs, etc.

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