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Long Lane Farm, Penselwood

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Conversion of an existing stone farmhouse and barns into a four bedroom house. The architect Paul Gale instructed us to assist with the refurbishemnt of the existing farmhouse and rebuilding of the two barns.

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Chantry Cottage, Bradford Abbas

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New Garden room adjacent to a Grade II listed stone cottage.

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St Marys Church, Chickerell

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St Marys Church, Chickerell is a Grade II* listed building which dates back to the 13th Century.

The Architect, John Stark and Crickmay Partnership, were commissioned by the PCC of Chickerell Church to undertake the deisgn of a new two storey vestry extension, which replaces the existing single storey extension and also repair the stone and wood block flooring in the existing church.

The project contractor was David R White and during the excavation of the new foundations, he found numerous Saxon remains which were buried on the line of the proposed new vestry walls. As structural engineers for the project, we had to re-design the foundations over the graves that could not be removed.

The contractor also found graves inside the church when removing the existing floors. There was a lead lined coffin exposed partially under the Chancel and this had to be carefully removed before the ground was reinstated using granular fill and geotextiles.

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New Boarding House at Sexeys School, Bruton

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The Goveners of Sexeys School Bruton commisioned TimothyA.G MacBean Architects to design a new boarding house adjacent to Lisbury house. We were instructed with the Architect to carry out the strucutral design for the building which included a centralĀ  steel framed pavillion common room building and reinforced concrete basement area.

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Coles Cross House

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This property was purchased at auction by Mr and Mrs Neal Cullen with a view to develop it into two semi-detached properties for themselves and their family.

We were commissioned by the family to help and advise on the structural design of the new build and remedial repairs for the conversion of the original house.

The property is located in Blackdown near Broadwindsor with views over the Marshwood Vale towards the Dorset coast. The condition of the property, when purchased, was virtually uninhabitable with a later extension requiring demolition. The work was undertaken mainly by Neal and his father in law with the help of some bricklayers.

The family lived in caravans in the garden for two years while the work was being carried out.

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Kilarney, Compton Dundon

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We were asked by Cutting Edge Frames a timber framing company to assist them with the design of a traditional timber framed extension to a 1970’s bungalow.

The design used locally grown Douglas Fir softwood and had a series of posts and trusses inside the external cavity walls. The trusses were King Post with purlins at mid point on the principal rafters.

All the framing was exposed internally and linked into the existing house to create a large dining/kitchen area with open fire and a garage.

The Maltings, Oakhill

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This is a conversion and extension of an older property to create a larger communal kitchen dining space using a combination of Oak trusses and glazed framing.

We worked in conjunction with Cutting Edge Frames on this project to finalise the structural design.