Squerryes Court

Westerham, Kent

Squerryes Court is a large Grade 1 listed country house in Westerham, set in 2500 acres, built in 1681 and occupied by the Warde family since 1731.

Valley Builders were contracted by Henry Warde to undertake extensive refurbishment and extension works during 2014, 2015 & 2016.

Works included considerable electrical and mechanical upgrading works, structural remedial works to cellar vaulted brickwork support columns, drainage and renewal of defective timber sash windows. The construction of a new extension to provide new entrance hall, cloakroom & boot room. New bespoke kitchen and bathrooms, remodelling of internal areas, new oak and tiled floors. To finish complete internal and external decorations and external landscaping.

Working on a Grade 1 Listed Building – we had to ensure all works were carefully planned and any changes to the specification had to be agreed in advance with the Architect and Conservation Officer.

Considerable temporary support works were involved to ensure the stability of the structure, some of the original external walls were 900mm thick. We had to employ our own structural engineers to design the temporary works to support the building whilst new permanent support steelwork was installed. We worked closely with the client’s structural engineer to agree a workable solution to this element of work.

Squerryes Court continued to host weddings and local fete’s within the grounds so our programme had to accommodate dates when no works could be undertaken. It also meant that instead of scaffolding the property to carry out the extensive external repairs and redecoration works we carried these works out using cherry pickers.

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