BANES Building & Quality Design Award 2009
St John's Hospital preservation project nominated for top award
St John's Property Team was nominated last December by BANES Building Control Services for excellent work carried out on a property in Beauford Square.
The 10-month long refurbishment programme was carried out at 10 Beauford Square by St John’s specialist team, which included local builders Gregory Thain, architects The Nash Partnership, structural engineers Robert K Sadler & Partners and quantity surveyors Nixey Powell. Collectively, guided by St John's surveyors, they managed the project to bring an empty and disused building back into use, creating a new retail shop front with a residential unit above.
Graham Webb, Commercial Estates Surveyor, from St John’s Property Team, at Number 10 Beauford Square. The historic charity was nominated for a top BANES award for the design and building quality of the renovated property.
Despite restricted access, tight confines, difficult structural challenges and listed building constraints, the building and design teams collaborated very effectively to produce an outstanding result. By employing a sympathetic approach to the restoration and refurbishment, and mindful of its historical nature, the whole site has been upgraded and enhanced throughout, giving it a new lease of life.
St John’s Commercial Estate Surveyor Graham Webb commented “We are delighted that our work at number 10 Beauford Square has been acknowledged, and everybody was excited about the nomination. It was undoubtedly a team effort; with everyone involved pulling together to overcome some tricky elements, such as restricted access and working in confined spaces, as well as restoring old panelling and retaining historic features. This nomination was a brilliant reflection of the many hours of painstaking craftsmanship that have gone into the project.”
“Number 10 is just one of several buildings that are managed and maintained by St John's Hospital in Beauford Square and the surrounding area. Usually the properties are snapped up straight away. This is a golden opportunity for anyone looking to rent a prestigious location for a business or a new home.”
St John’s derives its income from commercial and residential sites around the city to fund its charitable work, providing almshouses for older people and grants for those in need. Its Trustees take pride in the standards they set for their properties, going to great lengths to protect the historic trust’s heritage.