Leading heritage developer City & Country is delighted to announce that restoration work has started on the stunning Grade II* Listed Chapel at King Edward VII Estate, in the South Downs National Park, West Sussex.
Work on the Chapel is the first stage of the complete restoration that City & Country will be undertaking and follows the demolition of the newer buildings and subsequent clearing of the site. When complete, the Chapel will form the centrepiece of the King Edward VII Estate, providing a café and shop that will be open for residents and the community to enjoy.
The Chapel will provide the opportunity for people interested in the King Edward VII Estate to visit the development and appreciate the beauty of this genuinely unique piece of Arts and Crafts architecture.
Helen Moore, Managing Director of City & Country commented: “The King Edward VII Estate is very special project indeed; set within the breath-taking South Downs National Park, with its rich and interesting history and having played such an integral part in the memories of so many in the local community. In restoring and converting this historic former Sanatorium, City & Country’s ambition is to preserve and enhance an important piece of local social and cultural history. It is an exciting time now that the demolition is complete and the restoration of the Chapel and surrounding buildings can begin in earnest. It has taken real determination and commitment to bring forward this large and challenging project in such difficult market conditions but we are delighted that we are now underway.’’
Simon Vernon-Harcourt, Design and Planning Director at City & Country commented: “City & Country is dedicated to delicately preserving and ultimately reusing the materials from within the Chapel to complete its restoration. All of the demolition work is being carried out by hand, rather than by heavy machinery, to ensure that as much of the fabric of the building is salvaged as possible. Great care will be taken to ensure no damage is caused to the finer elements which will be restored such as the stained glass windows and roof tiles which will be safely stored until final touches are being made to the building, upon which they will be reinstated”.
Throughout the restoration and conversion process at King Edward VII Estate City & Country is commited to working with the local community and has appointed a number of local companies, including Liddiard Scaffolding Ltd, who are located just fifteen minutes from the development.
Robert Liddiard, Managing Director of Liddiard Scaffolding Ltd commented: “King Edward VII Estate is an important piece of history and many local residents are interested to see what will be done with the original Sanatorium and surrounding buildings, so it is great that City & Country is working with local businesses such as ours to deliver this goal. Many members of the local community have an element of history with the development, with some having worked on the site previously, including members of my current team.
“The Grade II* Listed Chapel is one of the most important historic buildings within the estate and Liddiard Scaffolding will become part of its history and future. We are absolutely delighted to be involved in this exciting new beginning for the development.”
Once complete, King Edward VII Estate will comprise of 162 apartments and houses within the original Listed buildings, with a further 247 brand new properties being constructed in the surrounding estate.
King Edward VII Estate is ideally located just over 50 miles from Central London and is accessible via the A3, making it ideal for commuters, families and second home owners. The development is around 20 miles from the south coast and around 15 minutes from Haslemere which offers trains to London in less than an hour.
The Sales & Marketing Suite is planned to open in spring 2014 and those wishing to find out more about the properties that will be for sale should visit www.cityandcountry.co.uk and register their interest.
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