July 2019

It has been interesting to track the marketing of projects that H+R have been involved with both in the National and specialised press.  Notable projects featured in the month are Heathlands in Surrey (https://www.lindenhomes.co.uk/developments/surrey/heathlands-frimley), Stone Cross Mansion in Cumbria (https://www.persimmonhomes.com/stone-cross-mansion-ulverston-cumbria) and Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire (https://wentworthwoodhouse.org.uk/).  All three neatly illustrate the geographical reach of H+R’s investigative consultancy and the range of heritage and commercial clients

H+R are delighted to extend congratulations to the winners of the Georgian Group’s inaugural Craft Prizes, many of whom work alongside H+R on various projects.  The future of the nation’s skills base is vital to all and the Georgian Group are in the vanguard of helping to sustain its future (https://www.georgiangroup.org.uk/).  The Current edition of the Georgian features illuminating articles on the interiors of Hatchlands in Surrey and Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing, both of which have extensively involved H+R in recent years

H+R are usually involved with sixty to seventy different projects each month and of particular interest during July was the completion of our involvement at the St Clement’s Hospital development in Tower Hamlets and Colchester Cavalry Barracks.  After several years, H+R have returned to Apsley House, otherwise known as ‘No.1 London’.  The historic Shirehall on Norwich’s Castle Mount and a row of 18th century houses adjacent to The National Gallery were also surveyed with a focus on timber condition and remedial strategy.  Overall, the stand-out project was the start of H+R’s involvement at Headley Court in Surrey.  The name will be familiar to many as up until 2018, Headley Court was the centre of the world renowned UK armed forces rehabilitation work having started there in 1985, it was evocative, and a privilege to experience, even at once removed, the excellence of the work undertaken there. Coincidently, 6 years ago H+R completed their investigative work at Stanford Hall in Nottinghamshire, the gift to the Nation of the late 6th Duke of Westminster.  This is now the deeply impressive new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre, designed by John Simpson Architects (http://www.johnsimpsonarchitects.com/pa/Defence-and-National-Rehabilitation-Centre-ch.html)