National Trust Wimpole Home Farm Compliance Project: Shortlisted for 2017 RICS Award
Full refurbishment of the Home Farm cattle and sheep shed to comply with statutory requirements. The scope of works included the following elements:
- Replacement and remodelled Yorkshire Board cladding,
- Installation of a complete new animal handling equipment, pens and race included,
- Overhaul and installation of new surface water and dirty water drainage system connected to dirty water and settlement tanks and irrigation system,
- A replacement Midden,
- Rewire and upgrading of earthing and bonding,
- Below ground links to the adjacent Home Farm Café formed,
- Improvements to the adjacent Piggery.
Services included the following:
- Production of construction CAD drawings and specifications for the Yorkshire boarding, rainwater goods, fencing, Midden, planting and Architectural drawings for Statutory consent,
- Submission of statutory consents including notification to the Environment Agency and obtaining full Planning Approval and Building Regulation Approval,
- Tender process obtaining a competitive priced tender,
- Contract Administration including contract instructions under the Intermediate Contract with contractor’s design (ICCD) from the industry standard JCT suite of contracts,
- Weekly site inspections and progress reports,
- Chairing formal meetings and managing the project team,
- Designer role under the CDM Regulations 2015.
The refurbishment of the shed and surrounding infrastructure has had a profound effect. The facilities now conform to the statutory requirements and the animal welfare and staff safety has improved significantly. Animals can now be handled quickly, efficiently and safety reducing stress on the animals and shepherds.
The below ground drainage and associated infrastructure with the irrigation system now prevents cross contamination of surface water and dirty water and the dirty water is used on the surrounding fields.
The project has been an outstanding success and is due to be entered for an RICS Award.