Hillary House is a substantial Victorian property in the centre of Redhill that has been derelict for more than 10 years. It was originally used as office and storage space for the Water Authority before being converted to a maternity hospital and converted again for residential use as 9-bedroom bedsit. The site is Locally Listed within a Conservation Area and we were engaged by Raven Housing Trust to provide Building Surveying services to refurbish and convert the building into three, 3 bedroomed terraced houses for sale on a Shared Ownership basis.

There are a number of traditional features to be retained, as agreed with the Conservation Officer, and these are being carefully restored. Such features include an ornate ceiling rose, and bust of Queen Victoria to the roof pediment and a mosaic tiled floor which incorporates the initials of the water board.

The internal works include upgrading the thermal performance to current Building Regulations Part L1B by introducing internal wall insulation, as well as insulating floors and ceilings. Existing single glazed timber sash windows to be replaced with double glazed units to match style of existing windows.

Our role included initial feasibility review and agreement of scope of works, review and amend draft drawings prepared by others prior to our involvement, preparation of specification and drawings, obtaining Planning Permission, tender action followed by Contract Administration duties and tracking of defects post completion.

We were also appointed separately to fulfill the role of CDM Principal Designer.