Helping a 17th century listed cottage rise from the ashes

Date 13th May, 2019
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One of Plymouth’s leading chartered building surveyors is taking the lead in the total reconstruction of a rare Devon cottage gutted by fire.

Barron Surveying Services Ltd is project managing the rebuild of the Grade II listed, 17th Century dwelling in Holbeton.

“We are in the very early stages of what promises to be a highly interesting project and it will be great to see this cottage restored to its former glory,” said James.

“Often people don’t realise that we do much more than just house/building surveys and that we have the expertise to project manage schemes from a simple extension to complex restorations like this contract at Holbeton.”

Fire swept through the cottage late last year leaving much of it in ruins, so there is plenty for James and his team to do before the building is looking its very best again.

James’s role includes liaising with the listed building officials and dealing with an environmental consultant to deep clean the site, so it is safe for the builders to work.

He is also working with an engineer on a design for the reconstruction of the 17th Century oak framed, roof structure and a leading expert in cob wall construction, who will be both stabilising and rebuilding the external earth and straw walls.  

“What makes this project so fascinating is the focus we are putting on making sure the re-build is as true to the original construction as possible,” said James.

“There is no doubt that this project will be both challenging and time consuming, but it will be worth it if we can put back every detail of this wonderfully historic cottage that was lost to the fire.”

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