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Location:  Hampshire

Project Value:  Circa £1.6mil 

Programme:  34 weeks 

Project Management 

Health and Safety

Handover Documentation

Celltarga were awarded the contract to work with Roke on the refurbishment of the old manor house to bring it back into use on the estate as a series of meetings and training rooms.

The works were undertaken in two phases with the first phase as the internal refurbishment of the manor house and phase 2 undertaking a new roof covering and structural repairs. The works were undertaken in this order due to the presence of bats on site and the requirement to work on the roof under a bat licence outside the breeding and hibernation periods.

The works are first undertaken to soft strip the old manor of all elements from furniture and soft fitting to partitions, ceilings and old M&E. Once complete the works started to refurbish the remaining shell back into new Cat A office space. All new mechanical plant was designed and integrated proving new heating and AC cooling into the building. Integrating this sympathetically within the old Manor house was a challenge not just to the design but structurally to the building.

Celltarga were appointed to work with the design team during the soft strip phase to complete the design and pricing of the work and to secure a supply chain who can deliver the high spec fit out of the space.

The works included the fit out of the offices with new partitions, meeting rooms, toilets, and kitchens as well as new reception area and external works with new roof coverings and full external decorations and overhaul of sash windows.

All external works were undertaken under a bat licence working closely with the ecological team daily. When bats were found the ecologist came to site to investigate and move them as appropriate.


Refurbishment of an old manor house to create modern office and training spaces 


The main challenge on the project was working round the bat licence and programming the works sympathetically. This mean working the refurbishment outside normal sequencing with the internal refurbishment undertaken prior to the reroofing project. This allowed the client early occupation of the newly refurbished manor to obtain much needed additional working space for project teams and to bring in revenue by outsourcing works areas.​The programme therefore required critical path analysis through the main supply chain and specialist supply chain members to ensure the ecologist was satisfied with the approach.​Other considerations included the sympathetic works to the manor house so the deign and installation of new M&E was undertaken and hidden whilst not compromising the structural integrity of the manor house. Equally this is a high security site requiring all deliveries and labour having clearance requiring careful planning notice of arrival and notification to Roke.

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