Frome Business Park
The refurbishment of Frome Tool & Gauge, FTG was designed by Michael Hitchings of Bristol based architects, Richard Towning Hill in 1964-65. The factory
is a precast concrete structure with columns at 24ft centres carrying beams which in turn carry prestressed hyperbolic roof shells at 8ft centres spanning 40ft over
the central bay.
The building had been nominated for listing due to the rarity of its construction but was refused due to the imperfect nature of the original design (most notably the cast gutters didn’t fall or work properly).
Western Building Consultants were appointed by DNA Worldwide to produce the designed refurbishment of the property back into use as serviced office accommodation and international HQ for DNA Worldwide. They were appointed after carrying out a master planning exercise at another site and producing a 3d printed white model of the plan.
The refurbishment of Frome Tool & Gauge is currently ongoing and WBC has worked with renowned interior fit out company, Interaction, to finalise the project. WBC carried out the initial building survey with its RICS & CABE accredited surveyors to establish the current condition. Asbestos was rife within
the building and concrete decay was evident in many places as well as cracking through the masonry cavity panels. Through using a thorough testing regime in the building WBC, with a number of specialist engineers and advisers, were able to demonstrate the areas of the building that needed structural repair and any
contaminated areas for remediation.
WBC produced the initial measured survey then the concept designs for the interior and exteriors of the building taking the project through full Planning Permission, CDM compliance and Building Regulations Approvals. Providing an economical yet striking improvement to the facade of the building. Utilising steel angles inset into a new ecologically sensitive timber frame to bring through the past industrial narrative of the building. The fenestration of the building was much altered to reduce the overgrazed structure to improve thermal performance, and economy through heat loss reduction and overheating to the South elevation.
The building had to be sensitively restored with fabric upgrades to insulation and full new plant and M&E. The upgrades needed to balance the industrial heritage of the building by maintaining the waveform of the roof and the industrial steel frames, mezzanine and lifting equipment. To give a true heritage
The project involved site inspections and ongoing design development, the roof was upgraded with specialist flexible PIR insulation cut on angles to fit the ever changing roof form and tapered insulation was used to make the gutters fall correctly. One issue came from the project engineer not being able to quantify the deflection in the concrete shells once loaded with plant and insulation to any tolerance. WBC worked with the fit out contractor to devise a way of fixing the frames with overlapping gaskets that would allow for deflection in the substrate.
I have enjoyed working with Western Building Consultants on a complicated project for about 4 years now. During that time they have without fail given me a high level of customer service, being welcoming, responsive and competent.
As a customer I particularly appreciate that WBC are value for money. They also stick to their quotes and don’t add a lot of extras. Help and advice is always forthcoming generally at no extra charge.
Thank you so much for all your advice today. That was so very helpful, not only with the structure of the property but especially with your comments about the whole set up. I can see that we were within a gnat’s whisker of entering a complete can of worms… Thank you so much for saving us from making a stupid mistake.
Thanks to you both your help in this matter – you were both extremely efficient and accommodating (more than I can say about other companies I contacted).
Your professionalism has been invaluable, thank you.
Thank you for your extremely comprehensive report. It will be of immense help when deciding on the works we would like to carry out on the property. We have decided to take your advice and move into the property and live in it for a while to assess our requirements.
Thank you for your prompt service, could not have asked or expected more. I note your comments and in an ideal world everything would have been 1.
Will not hesitate to recommend you, and will make a point of letting the estate agent know this too.
I just wanted to say thank you very much for your thorough and clear report. It is written in an informative and jargon free way which has made a pretty hefty document ultimately digestible and easy to understand.
Hello Kerry, Many thanks for the report and invoice receipt.
Please pass on my thanks to Paul for the survey. In my working life, I read many stock survey reports – I work with social housing providers to set up their asset management strategies – and this was one of the clearest and most comprehensive I’ve seen.
Dear Paul, Thank you so much for your fast response and the detail in your report is very very good and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your efforts.
Many thanks for your swift and thorough return of this report, we so appreciate you getting this back to us on such a tight turn around this week, and on the first read it seems extremely clear and comprehensive.
Hi Kerry / Paul, Thanks for sending the survey across.
I’d also like to thank you for your excellent service and professionalism. I considered many surveyors before choosing to proceed with you and it’s clear that I made the right choice. I won’t hesitate to recommend you to family, friends and colleagues in the future.
“We have commissioned three building surveys from WBC until we found the house that was right for us and all thanks to you”
I never expected so much detail, the report was really great and there were things I never even considered, even being in the construction trade
The report was brilliant and went into so much detail, having had reports from other surveyors in the past this report was far superior
“Highly recommended. Good customer service over the phone and by email. Very quick: from the initial phone call booking a site visit to me receiving the calculations took only 8 days.”
“We used James Dean …Western Building Consultants as an architect. Very good”
“Good surveyors & structural engineers that we used were www.westernbuildingconsultants.com
We were really happy with them, they came highly recommended by several people”
“Excellent service and help from the initial design/planning stage through to the end of all works”
“I can recommend Western Building Consultants. They are great on structural calculations, advice and technical drawings to whatever extent you want. We used them for advice and calcs for taking out our main load bearing wall downstairs. They were recommended several times over when we started looking.”
“Superb, professional, efficient, friendly, positive”