Our heritage experts assisted with the repair and re-design of the Grade II listed Gaydon Inn, following consent being granted for redevelopment on land to the rear of the former pub to Spitfire Bespoke Homes.
We secured listed building consent in September 2017 for the partial demolition of the building, including careful dismantling of areas effected by historical poor work, the reclamation of materials where possible, and the re-building of elements Our work was done through extensive negotiation with both the Council and Historic England with the aim of preserving the building for the future and preventing catastrophic damage from occurring.
On initial inspection, working alongside Banners Gate (structural engineers) and the Malcolm Payne Group (architects) it rapidly became clear that works undertaken to the building historically had resulted in serious harm to the structure of the building. We therefore engaged with Stratford-on-Avon District Council Conservation team, and with Historic England to oversee the stripping back of the internal fabric in order to facilitate a greater understanding of its condition.
Together with extensive research on the history of the building and its phases of construction, we revealed that the building had been the subject of alterations since the early twentieth century.
The main concern was the works carried out during the mid to late twentieth century which had removed internal structural walls replacing them with insufficient propping and steel joists. This resulted in areas of the building being unsafe and structurally dangerous including floorboards at first floor which were found to be barely resting on the wall plates and, the chimney stack at first and second floors not being attached to the external wall leading to the partial demolition being granted.