Holme Dunes, Norfolk Wildlife Trust
The North Norfolk coast is not only a hugely popular tourist destination but also renowned as a haven for birds and wildlife. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust looks after a wide variety of such sites across the county.
We have been working with the Trust to improve their Visitor Centre and the Warden’s accommodation at the Holme Dunes reserve in Holme-next-the-Sea.
Associate, John Read, tells us more,
“I originally undertook a building survey of the property for the Trust in August 2016 and was recently instructed to undertake a follow up inspection and to design and co-ordinate the remedial works necessary to bring the Visitor Centre and living accommodation up to an appropriate standard.
The property has brickwork at ground floor level and a painted concrete render to the first floor together with a concrete interlocking timber cut roof and it sits in a very exposed location in the sand dunes adjacent to the beach.
In this beautiful but exposed coastal setting it was no surprise that our surveys highlighted failures in the render finish of the property, exacerbated by some faulty re-pointing works, which had led to water penetration. There was also an issue with the general thermal efficiency of the building.
Our solution to this combination of problems – failing render, water penetration, and poor thermal efficiency – a timber clad finish which also includes Polyisocyanurate (PIR) insulation to overlay the existing render; Both cost effective and attractive.
The building at Holme Dunes consists of the Visitor Centre at ground level with the Warden’s accommodation above. As part of the project, we also looked at the separation and rationalisation of these two distinct spaces. Our designs include the conversion of the existing garage to provide office space for the warden, together with enlargement of an existing store to provide additional kitchen storage, and the provision of a new brick built outbuilding to replace an existing, failing structure.
Having got the go-ahead from the client, the Planning Application has been submitted and we look forward to some positive news in the not too distant future.”