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Rectory Renovation Oxfordshire

The CLPM team have overseen many rectory renovation projects over the years but this is probably the most stunning example.

Many of us dream of living in a period property, such as a rectory, but renovating them can be a nightmare. Unless you appoint an experienced team – both in the design and construction stages. Renovating a rectory or an older building of this type almost always costs much more per square metre than building an extension or constructing a new home. It’s far more complex and time-consuming to project manage too.

This project was a true labour of love. Our clients rightly decided right at the beginning of their planning process to engage a team of specialists to design, complete the works and then closely oversee the build onsite. The results – over 12 months later – are testiment to their patience and investment as well as the whole project team’s hardwork and commitment.

The project

Our clients bought this large 18th century rectory with the aim of renovating and updating it. They appointed both an Architect and an Interior Designer to create a scheme which retained all the period features of the property while making sure the house worked for them as a family.

The house was completely stripped back and then rebuilt while retaining all of the original features. It was re-wired and re-plumbed. The wooden flooring and all the existing period features such as staircases, window frames, shutters and architraves were restored to their former glory. The entire house was redecorated with a new kitchen, new bathrooms and a series of specialist hooby rooms such as a home cinema, an indoor plant potting area, a boot room and a wine cellar.  

The challenge

With busy careers and living some distance away from the property, our clients were unable to oversee their building project themselves. They therefore needed a project manager to coordinate the two designers, the main contractor and the specialist trades to ensure the project went smoothly and kept to its schedule. The costs of renovation projects of this nature are very high and difficult to control so appointing CLPM as their Contract Administrator enabled us to help mitigate their risks, keep a close eye on their costs and thereby protect their financial interests.

The solution

CLPM project managed the works for our clients, supporting this major project in the role of Contract Administrator. This involved liaising with the client, their architects and interior designer and a main contractor, as well as a number of other specialist tradespeople. When project managing a restoraton project of this nature it’s important to provide the correct balance of support and challenge to the build team. Doing this helps get a better result while also preventing any delays and ensuring the building works are keep to the agreed schedule and budget.

Rob, CLPM’s building project manager for Oxfordshire visited the site regularly to inspect the building works and check progress. He held meetings with the contractor to ensure any queries were answered quickly and that they were always clear on what needed to be done. As part of our role we helped resolve any problems, and checked the quality and accuracy of the building works versus the architectural plans and specifications. Along the way Rob, together with our head-office based Quantity Surveying team, dealt with the financial implications of any changes versus the contract (these are called cost variations) and helped out clients keep a handle on their projected total spend versus their budget. 

The Result

The house has retained all of it’s original features but now has a more modern feel. With a stunning design our clients have created a beautiful family home which can be enjoyed for many years to come.

CLPM Services used by our client:-

Contract Administration with Monthly Cost Reporting.

Get in touch

At CLPM we always aim to deliver a bespoke service, tailored to the individual situation of our clients. If you are thinking of renovating a rectory or carrying out another period property renovation then we’d welcome the opportunity to have a chat.

Call 01923 896550, fill out a contact form or email info@cl-pm.com to find out more.

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