Applebarn – phase 1 - involved the complete refurbishment of the new rectory for Latimer Minster. Hartley and Son provided the project management for the site, and ensure the project was completed in time despite many challenges from the outset.
The first phase of the Applebarn project was the 14-week transformation of an out-dated chalet-style Buckinghamshire property into a family home that could support the ministry of a busy Church of England rector.
Commissioned at just 3 days notice, Hartley and Son delivered the project in-time and secured some significant achievements despite some notable challenges and a constrained timeline. In particular Hartley and Son:
- overcame significant technical challenges and rebuilt part of the house because of an unstable sub-structure, not previously surveyed;
- delivered an improved project scope from that originally programmed, including a loft conversion for a new bedroom, and a magnificent vaulted lounge ceiling;
- set-up a broad range of new and effective supplier relationships;
- secured architect’s plans, structural engineer input and planning permission in parrallel to the on-going build; and
- sourced and delivered 14 trades and sub-contractors in addition to the main building contractor.
Successful completion of the project was ensured by a combination of a close partnership with the site manager, Phil Wintle, proactive relationship management with the clients, active risk management, utilisation of the latest technology and online project collaboration tools, and an unfettered focus on delivery.
The high standard of finish and effective management and delivery has led to Dylan Hartley Ltd being asked to tender for more work across the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire counties. Hartley and Son will continue to be their project delivery house of choice for all of these new projects.
The Applebarn project also provided an excellent opportunity to continue our work with the Lost Boys Network. From the first day to the very last we helped the main contractor recruit and manage two apprentices, Stewart and Gary, and ensured they were given hands-on experience of the whole project: from demolition to brick-laying, carpentry, electrical installation, and decorating. Working with Slough Jobcentre Plus, Stewart and Gary proved their enthusiasm and dedication to the site and the client, daily cycling 10miles each way from the station to get to and from work, regularly working late when needed, and always being willing to learn and serve. They both received regular coaching and feedback from the site manager and Hartley and Son, and were given excellent references at the completion of the project.
Stewart is now working for a construction company in the south and Gary working full-time in Maidenhead.