Hartlebury Castle

Following were appointed as quantity surveyors to work with the team in developing the Stage 2 application which resulted in the award of a significant grant. Subsequently the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust successfully purchased the Castle, formerly the residence of The Bishop of Worcester and it’s surrounding 43 acre parkland from the Church Commissioners.

Our role has included the investigation of options for the location of the café, extensive costings of fabric condition surveys, schedules of dilapidations, maintenance and management plans and cost in use studies. Various costings were also produced to assist the Trust in negotiations with The Church Commissioners and Worcestershire County Council,  who use part of the building for a museum.

Shobdon Church

Firmingers were appointed to assist in preparing a major grant application for a programme of repairs to the chancel, north and south transepts and associated stone replacement. We have been retained to act as quantity surveyors for the project.

Shobdon Church is a grade 1 listed building and was recognised by the World Monuments Fund.

The interior is of international significance being a unique combination of Rocco and Gothic, often called “Strawberry Hill Gothick”

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Decay to the wall plates had made the structure unstable and placed the interior at risk. The reroofing works and timber repairs  had to be undertaken without disturbing the internal fabric. A large temporary roof was erected over the church and we undertook investigations into the options of hiring or purchasing the scaffold.

We provided estimates and assisted in the preparation of a grant application, which resulted in the largest ever award by English Heritage under the Listed Places of Historic Worship Scheme. This contributed significantly towards the £1m cost of repairs. We also assisted the Parochial Church Council in the appointment process for an architect and subsequently we provided full pre and post contract services.

The project received the largest ever grant awarded by English Heritage under the Listed Places of Historic Worship Scheme.

St Mary St Peter and St Paul Westbury-on-Severn

We are involved in a programme of major timber repairs and re shingling to the spire of St Mary, St Peter and St Paul, Westbury on Severn.

The spire on the detached bell tower is 160 feet high.

As part of the grant application process we undertook extensive investigations into types of scaffolding systems and options of purchase or hire.

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We undertook a prequalification process to compile the tender list following an advertisement requesting expressions of interest from contractors.

The project is currently on site.

Stone Henge

Following a competitive tender exercise Firmingers were awarded the role of quantity surveyors on this prestigious project.

The £27.5m project involved the construction of a new visitor centre and ancillary building at Airman’s Corner, the closure of the A344 and the removal of the existing car parking and visitor facilities adjacent to the stones.

We were appointed  as Quantity Surveyors for the project in December 2008.

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Prior to the submission of the planning application extensive surveys and reports were commissioned to inform the design process and ensure that the building would not compromise underlying archaeology.

The scheme included a borehole heat recovery system, rainwater harvesting, low impact drainage and a packaged sewage treatment plant.

The Visitor Centre opened in December 2013

The sensitive nature of the site and the high profile of the project have brought interesting challenges.