Great Oaks Country House, Berkshire

  • Great Oaks Country House, Berkshire

  • Great Oaks Country House, Berkshire 4

  • Great Oaks Country House, Berkshire 3

  • Great Oaks Country House, Berkshire 2

An impressive construction of a high quality neo-Georgian country house that has been built to last using both modern and traditional construction techniques.

Project

This new Georgian-style mansion features an array of ensuite bedrooms and reception rooms, an estate office, indoor swimming pool, a reinforced concrete basement and extensive underground parking. It also has a lift, three kitchens and a spectacular conservatory with a breakfast room leading out to a south-facing terrace. Decorative plasterwork, oak panelling, oak staircases and hardwood joinery feature throughout the building.

The building also has impressive environmental credentials with design aspirations to comply with Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes including 50m2 of roof level photo voltaic panels, ground source heat pumps and partial LPG heating. Key sustainable features include construction of a small lake for water sourced heating, rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling and flow restrictors on sanitary ware. Beard also ensured that ancient woodland around the construction site was suitably protected from any potential works damage.

Challenges

  • Achieving sustainable targets and protecting surrounding woodland was key to the success of this project
  • Every aspect of this scheme from the finest detailing to the quality of materials and craftsmanship had to be faultlessly delivered

Solutions

Beard were quick to find solutions to exceed minimum sustainable targets throughout the project, achieving 100 per cent on site recycling of all demolition waste and successfully re-using all excavation materials including sub-soils for landscaping. The team’s careful management of specialist sub-contractors, pro-active planning and straightforward dealings at all times ensured attention to detail and quality were successfully maintained and that the construction progressed smoothly.

“Beard developed a strong working partnership with us and proved a responsible and responsive contractor throughout the project. They were straightforward to deal with and proactive and efficient in managing the contract, helping us to meet our design goals for an impressive, high quality, country residenceNick Corder, Senior Architect, David Parker Architects

Customer

Great Oaks Country House, Berkshire

Contract value

£6.2 million

Architect

David Parker Architects

Quantity surveyor

McBains Cooper

Contract duration

72 weeks

Form of contract

JCT 2005

Procurement Method

Traditional

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