Robert Woodhead Ltd has successfully secured an exciting heritage project at Grantham College, to extend and refurbish Stonebridge House. Works started earlier this month.
Stonebridge House was built in the 1850’s by a local banking family, used originally as their private residence. Through the years it has been used as a school and police offices for Lincolnshire Police, before being purchased by Grantham College in 2012.
The new contact is a result of the extensive track record of both heritage and education projects, with Robert Woodhead Ltd. Having successfully delivered other listed schemes for colleges and universities.
The redevelopment of Stonebridge House will reclaim redundant space to create open plan and flexible teaching rooms, breakout spaces and areas for collaborative work and individual study.
The historic elements of the project will give the site team a lot to consider, as they will be working to robust conservation principles. When working on listed buildings the construction team works closely with Conservation England to make sure that any actions taken are in keeping with the original form and feel of the building.
The complex project features an unusual Ice Pit in the basement of the Grade II Listed building. Due to the difficulties in removing the pit, the team will use piling to ensure structural integrity.
The Ice Pit or Ice House is accessible from the basement of the property but when it was built the top dome of the building would have been visible from the outside. There would have been an access to the ice, which would have historically been gathered from the river to provide a cold place to store and preserve food.
Completion has been programmed for spring 2021History,