This big restoration project transformed derelict buildings on an old RAF base into high quality accommodation for heritage motoring and aviation businesses.
This was a project to restore buildings on a listed ex-RAF base transforming the area into a hub for heritage motoring and aviation businesses such as engineering, restoration and specialist fabrication companies.
Our initial project was to make six buildings wind and watertight. However, multiple phases were quickly added to the contract increasing the number restored to 15.
Each building had different requirements such as stripping-out, new floors, window replacement, stone cleaning, new brickwork, guttering, and new mechanical and electrical systems.
We installed new infrastructure to the entire site, including water, electricity, new feeder pillars and service ducts to future proof the site.
- Defining a scope of works
- Significant structural brick repairs
- Working around a film crew
- Working on an operational business park
Due to the extremely run down condition of the buildings before we could start work we had to define an accurate scope of works with the architect.
We used intricate temporary works to support the buildings whilst refurbishing them.
The Imitation Game movie was filmed on site, this meant discreet working, minimum noise and restricting our movements.
After the first two phases were handed over, many businesses had moved into the restored buildings. There were numerous classic cars nearby so dust had to be reduced and work planned around events held at the base.
“Beard came highly recommended and proved a conscientious and knowledgeable partner in the sympathetic restoration of historic buildings that are now home to a centre of excellence for historic motoring businesses.”
Managing Director, Bicester Heritage
Gaunt Francis Architects
June 2013 – January 2016
Form of contract
JCT Design and Build
Initially negotiated, subsequent phases priced competitively