The importance of looking after Britain’s old buildings and pursuing dilapidation refurbishment from time to time has been highlighted after a Grade-II listed building needs complete restoration to prevent it falling into ruin.

The Old Rectory in Clifton Village, Nottingham, was at risk of crumbling to the ground before local developer GF Tomlinson committed to saving, and restoring, the building.

In addition to bringing the Georgian construction back to the life, it will create four separate homes as part of the £5 million development, which will be called Rectory Gardens once complete.

These residences, entitled The Gatehouse, The Lodge, The Cottage, and The Rectory, will each have their own entrance and garden. There will also be three brand new executive properties on the site called Beech House, Cedar House and Oak House, boasting a gated private drive and garden-facing elevations.

While the development will see more than the simple restoration of the historic building, it is essential the work to the site goes ahead if the mid-1700s structure has any hope of lasting through the years.

Group property manager at the GF Tomlinson Siman Preston said: “We are excited to begin works at The Old Rectory and bring a new lease of life to the iconic Georgian building in the heart of Clifton Village.”

The building was once the home of the Rector of Clifton and boasts traditional Georgian period fixtures and fittings. These include a square stairwell with wooden cantilever stairs, large rooms, and south-facing elevated gardens.

There are also several historic buildings in the area, from the old schoolhouse and village church to Clifton Hall and the village hall. Therefore, the restoration work will complement the original nearby structures that remain standing.

CBP Architects’ director Simon Birch went on to say: “CBP have worked closely with Thomas Street, conservation office for Nottingham City Planning, to ensure that the heritage assets which have survived years of dilapidation, are respected and restored as part of the finished design.”

He stated the new houses will “complement the Clifton Village’s rich architectural history”.

Work is due to begin on the project shortly, and is expected to finish by autumn 2020.

Instead of waiting for an old building to fall into disrepair, those in charge of it should arrange repair and replacement services as and when is needed. By making sure the roof, cladding, flooring and paint is up to scratch, this reduces the chance of the structure becoming damaged beyond repair, which is a particular shame when it comes to historic buildings.

Moray Council would have done well to listen to this advice, as the Press and Journal recently reported that just 16 of the area’s 53 schools meet the minimum standards for condition, representing less than a third of the local teaching establishments.

A restriction in maintenance spending over the last few years has resulted in repair costs rising from £59 million in 2016 to £141 million.

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