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Longlands, Holkham

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Phase 1 of our project for the Holkham Estate at Longlands is complete and occupied by its new tenant. The fast-track conversion of the Grade II* listed buildings went from brief to handover in 9 months, in a highly effective collaboration between Lucas Hickman Smith, Robson Construction and engineers Plandescil, who also managed the project.

The Longlands complex was largely developed in the 1850s as a base for the building trades which supported the activities of the Holkham Estate. It contained the forge, carpentry shop, paint store, glass and joinery workshops and other general storage. The forge and joinery workshop are still in use, but much of the complex has been under-utilised for many years. It will now take on a new lease of life as a business centre providing office space for the Estate management team and self-contained business units for other commercial tenants.

The buildings have been re-roofed, and the open sided cart sheds glazed in with high-performance double-glazed aluminium windows. High levels of insulation have been added in the new roof and floor construction, and to the inside face of the solid brick external walls. Timber roof trusses and internal brick walls have been left exposed. New power, lighting and data systems have been installed, and the whole complex is heated by a ground-source heat pump. Its ground-loop extends 12,000m² under the adjacent field – the size of one and a half football pitches!

Phase 1 provides 750m² of office-space and was pre-let to an online retail business relocating from smaller premises nearby. Its successful implementation has enabled design work on the 800m² second phase to commence, with completion early in 2016.

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