SERVICE: Full Design and Project Management

CLIENT: Private Client

Southlands House is a Grade II listed Georgian Manor House with accompanying outbuildings set in landscaped gardens.

The main house is divided into 14 apartments. The project comprised the replacement of a centralised and inefficient oil fired heating and hot water system with new individual gas fired systems.

Freeman Beesley provided the full design and project management for the whole of the works including cost control and obtaining planning permission and listed building consent.

We were initially instructed to carry out a survey of the existing system and consider the feasibility of different possible solutions. The options ranged from retaining the existing system (in part or in full) through to provision of new individual systems.

The decision to opt for individual systems was affected by insurance matters, installation costs, energy costs, maintenance and the effect on the re-sale value of the apartments.

The existing system ran on oil and the switch over to gas required the provision of a new underground LPG tank farm. The complete system has been designed to allow a changeover to mains gas in the future if and when it becomes economically feasible.

A gas detection system with automatic shut-off was provided to protect the distribution system throughout the building.

The routes and terminal positions for the new boiler flues had to be carefully coordinated to meet the requirements of English Heritage.

All works were carried out with the residents in occupation, requiring very careful planning to ensure no apartments were left without hot and cold water supplies.