Having worked closely with National Trust for a number of years, we partnered with them during March 2018 to provide Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire with redecoration works.
Our partnership with National Trust saw us provide one of the South’s treasures with external redecoration works across 8 buildings across the Mottisfont Abbey estate. Including minor repair works prior to painting, the works covered various houses, cottages, offices and the main stable block which is now a cafeteria.
Mottisfont Abbey is a historical priory and country estate, sheltered in the valley of the River Test in Hampshire. With over 350,000 visitors visiting the estate each year, the venue was in need of a new lick of paint.
The project saw us complete required redecoration works including minor repairs prior to painting to the external of the houses, cottages, offices and main stable block which is now a cafeteria.
With the revamp beginning during March, our team of operatives painted away for 7 months, conducting small repairs as needed to the external of the properties.
One aspect of the project saw our team paint the outside of the main stable block which is now the visitor cafe. We needed to reach the upper elevation of the building which was located just below the staff offices. We initially used cherry picker equipment but soon noticed that this was disturbing the staff during their vital working hours. We then discussed an alternative with National Trust and constructed scaffolding in place of this equipment.
We understand that the heritage of the site can attract local wildlife which is important to the surrounding ecosystem. As with many other buildings similar, we detected the presence of bats on the estate. We took careful consideration of these majestic creatures when completing the works and even removed louvres that needed to be renovated so that they could be cleaned and painted on the ground away from their habitat. We then refitted this after so that they weren’t disturbed.
The venue itself is a popular venue to visit so we took extra measures to safeguard staff and visitors during opening hours. We put up metal crowd barriers around our works to provide safe passage for pedestrians to enjoy the estate. We suggested these barriers instead of typical plastic fencing which tend to be more industrial looking.
The heritage estate now has a freshened, clean look for visitors and staff alike to enjoy throughout the years to come. We received extremely positive verbal feedback from the client who was extremely pleased with the result and the professionalism of our operatives on-site.
Following completion, a spokesperson for Mottisfont Abbey said: “Works were undertaken in a professional, courteous manner to all properties at all times. They worked around difficult operational aspects effectively and proficient, causing minimum disruption”. We have also been awarded additional passive fire protection works at the nearby National Trust property; The Vyne. Commencing in June 2019, this project will see us transform the fire compartmentation of the roof voids within the main house.