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The Roof Refurbishment of Godwick Great Barn
Best in that we now have a much improved and better looking barn, in my view, and one that is solidly water tight and now with insulation in the roof, meaning that we should be able to retain the heat much more effectively and, importantly for our green credentials, efficiently. Worst decision on the basis that we had to eat into the cash reserves that we had to do the refurbishment and we suddenly find ourselves as a business – due to the sudden and devastating Coronavirus epidemic – that was growing solidly to one that has been slammed into reverse.
Getting back to that wedding in September, I can safely say we pulled off the clean up, thanks to my incredible team, but also in no small part thanks to caterer Florentina’s front of house team and the couple’s wedding stylist the Little Lending Company.
We all worked tirelessly the next morning to get the mess cleaned up and thankfully the bride and groom were the coolest couple ever and let us get on with the task in hand trusting that we would get it sorted. A happy ending.
As we stand today, we face a fight for business survival. One we as a team are determined to get through and if we do we will be truly thankful of that fantastic looking and totally awesome refurbished roof at the Great Barn.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisations, companies and individuals for helping us achieve this magnificent project on time and on budget!
Historic England for allowing us to refurbish this magnificent Grade II listed roof much of which dates back to the date it was created in 1597.
Peter Rawlings our conservation architect, whose careful, considered demeanour kept the project on track and ensured we kept true to the integrity of the building. In the end, I think we have enhanced it’s beautiful internal roof features. The wonderful giant oak beams, rafters and purlins, stand out even more now they are backed with Siberian larch.
NAP Anglia, our building and scaffolding contractors. I must thank them all for their hard and tireless graft under some pretty horrendous conditions at times. They said they could pull the project off in the time available and they did. It was pretty tight and they had to work a lot of weekends, but they finished with a week to spare. The quality of the craftsmanship of the oak beam work is second to none and the replacement roof, both inside and out, is a pretty impressive structure.
The New Anglia Business Growth Programme Small Grant Scheme. We were fortunate enough to be awarded a grant from the Small Grant Scheme to help us with the roof refurbishment project. This valuable contribution enabled us to undertake this project in this financial year and has enabled the business to expand beyond its traditional season of weddings.
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