We were appointed to undertake a refurbishment programme to Southend’s historic Civic House Porters Lodge and the Macebearers Cottage which stands within the grounds.

The scheme to make improvements to the 500 year Grade 1 listed Porters Lodge included renovating the solid oak English panelling; replacing with new damaged solid oak floor boards; repairs to the 500 year old drains, and replacing lathe and plaster walls and ceilings using traditional natural materials.

New mechanical ventilation arrangements were installed in the basement

In addition essential upgrades were undertaken to the Macebearers Cottage including roof alterations to the turret roof, installation of ventilation and new breathable felt, brick repairs and repointing. To ensure the integrity of the internal finishes of the building during the reroofing works a full weathered temporary roof was erected over the entire cottage.

The works were meticulously undertaken by our tradesmen and specialist artisans under the stewardship of Site Manager Jim Woods whose specialist carpentry and joinery skills were key to the delivery of the project.

External works included replacing yorkstone paving and upgrading of the external lighting.

The works were delivered on time and on budget. The effort put in by the whole team ensures the integrity of the two historic buildings for the foreseeable future.

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