Exploring the role of project and cost management in restoration
Conservation and Heritage projects always attract a high level of public scrutiny, and a balancing act to sensitively renovate while introducing solutions to make them fit for generations to come.
One challenge is, of course, not only to renovate but also to meet the growing requirement to build more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions which are also sympathetic to historic materials and architecture. Another is to keep all the parties informed plus deliver in time and within budget.
The bonus of working on Conservation and Heritage projects is that they can be deeply rewarding. The team at Clarkson Alliance have worked on many such projects over the years; as project managers, cost managers or both. In fact one of our senior project managers, Jason, was a Head Stonemason before joining us in 2013.
One such rewarding project was in the £2.7m refurbishment of the stunning St Nicholas Chapel, Kings Lynn; the largest Chapel of Ease in England.
Following significant fund-raising from the Churches Conservation Trust and Friends of St. Nicholas Chapel, the Heritage Lottery Fund provided a grant which made the vital restoration work possible.