Barron’s makes the grade in support of prestigious listed building project

Date 30th April, 2019

Chartered Building Surveyor James Barron has played a key role in a prestigious project on a Grade l listed building in Devon.

James has been working on some minor alterations for the owner of Mothecombe House, which is part of the Flete Estate in the South Hams.

“Of all the listed buildings in the country, only a very small percentage are listed as Grade 1 so as you can imagine, I take a lot of pride in the fact our surveying company had the opportunity to get involved,” said James.

James and his team have been responsible for seeing through pre-applications services with the local authority.

All the hard work has paid off too, as the designs that were submitted have been given the green light and the project will now proceed to a formal, listed building application.

Set in a 5,000 acre estate, one of a dwindling number still in private hands in Devon, Mothecombe House dates back to Queen Anne and has architectural additions by the famous English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens

The Flete Estate itself has also provided a backdrop for both film and television productions, including Sense and Sensibility, Rebecca and Hornblower – while its gardens are considered one of Devon’s foremost attractions.

“It has been a wonderful experience to get involved in a project on a building of such prominence and importance, “said James.

“It is one of those properties in which you can real feel the sense of history and with it being situated in a such spectacular setting, it is an absolute pleasure to work there.”


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