Annual office outing to Tudor Mansion The Vyne and Bombay Distillery

    For their 2017 annual office outing, GQA visited the The Vyne, a Tudor Mansion owned by the National Trust, to observe the roof works which began in October 2016.  We were expertly led by Biggs site manager Andy Nicholls and Structural Engineer SFK Partner Gary Wood.  The works at The Vyne include the complete renewal of the handmade clay tiles and replacement of gutters and roofs in sand-cast leadwork.  Elaborate chimneys and parapets have also been comprehensively repaired.  As well as the high-standard of craftsmanship, it was impressive to see that full public access has been maintained throughout the project, with an extensive scaffold and lift system that allows visitors to view progress from above.  The carefully considered works also included provision for spacious 'bat hotels'  in the roof space, with access via specially designed 'bat ladders' built into the new roofs.  

    Following a morning viewing works on-site, we moved to a project completed in 2014 at Laverstoke Mill, now home to the Bombay Sapphire distillery.  GQA advised on the heritage aspects of the site, which dates from the 18th Century and had previously produced bank notes for currencys around the world.  GQA collaborated closely with Thomas Heatherwick Studio, who designed a pair of  iconic, sinuously flowing glasshouses that house the botanicals used in the production of the gin.  

    The project was recently Highly Commended in the RICS South East Awards 2017 For Tourism.