Our plans cover both the renovation of the existing main house as well as the construction of a second, standalone building, which is now nearing completion. Together these will provide us with two independently functioning facilities with accommodation for a total of 76 people. In the iconic white house, with its sweeping views over the Wye Valley, we propose to create flexible space with 24-36 beds as well as a small kitchen and dining area. Fundamental improvements to the fabric and facilities of this building are needed to bring it up to modern day standards.
The remaining 40 beds on site will be housed in the new standalone building which will also include a commercial standard kitchen and dining hall large enough for the whole site. A large covered area that will allow outdoor activities to continue during inclement weather has also been designed into this building.
Additional improvements to the site include the conversion of the old coach house into warden’s accommodation, improved storage facilities, upgraded electricity supply and improved site drainage.
Our plans have been divided into 3 main phases, although the scope of works in each phase and its duration is dictated by the speed of inflow of funding.
Phase 1 Project preparation and Coach House conversion – Cost £207,000 – Completed and paid for
- Professional fees for feasibility study, project design and planning applications amounted to £56,000
- Refurbishment of the Coach House and associated infrastructure was completed in early 2016 at a cost of £151,000
Phase 2 New accommodation building Cost circa £1.2m.
- New building providing 40 beds with all the necessary toilet/showers and a hall with dining and kitchen facilities to cater for up to 80 people. The building also contains a laundry/drying room, storage rooms and a covered outdoor activity area.
- The internal fit out and handover of the new building is scheduled for early 2019 funding permitting.
Phase 3 – Modernisation of the existing building – Cost circa £950,000
- Restore the main house within the requirements of current legislation to provide flexible space for 24-36 beds with the necessary toilet, shower, cooking and dining facilities, together with meeting space, laundry and drying rooms
- Landscape the grounds
Planning permission was granted for all of our plans by the Forest of Dean District Council in December 2014. Each phase of the proposed works will be subject to sufficient funds becoming available to complete that phase.