Manor Farm Library
August 2020 to January 2021
Manor Farm Library is a historic listed building set within a 22-acre historic site in Ruislip, within the Ruislip Village Conservation Area of North Hillingdon. The library, a Grade II listed converted barn, constructed circa 1600, underwent refurbishment works by Greyline to provide improved facilities and better disabled access to the two storey building. The historic significance of the building and its Grade II listing required listed building consent.
Works commenced in August 2020 and the building was left vacant for the duration. A sensitive refurbishment was carried out with careful attention paid to listed elements of the building, which included fixtures and fittings. Tired carpet was removed from the 18th century wood floor and extensive renovation and repairs completed to an exceptional finish and restoring it to its former glory. Listed bookshelves were given a light overhaul with minor repairs and cleaning.
New LED lighting was installed throughout, decoration undertaken, a new reception desk created, and washrooms refreshed. The main library area received treatments and reorganisation including the installation of a specially commissioned printed vinyl floor from Atrafloor and a revamped and modernised computer suite.
Our team also oversaw the installation of a new cantilevered disabled lift, recessed into the floor. This was particularly challenging as the recess was created in the listed floor and hydraulic pipework and electrical supplies to connect the lift were also placed under the floor. The wheelchair platform lift provided a more modern and discreet solution to providing disabled library users with access to the first-floor, where previously only a stairlift was available.
Works were completed in a 16 week period through a combination of direct labour from Greyline to complete general builders works, and subcontracted specialists.
“Greyline as a team are very approachable, our historic library was a sensitive job, carried out in liaison with both the Conservation Officer for Hillingdon Council and ourselves, the Library managers. Manor Farm Library was initially built in the 16th Century and converted into a public library in 1937. Their project manager was very sensitive to the needs of this old historic listed building and was available to speak and advise at all stages throughout the refurbishment. The quality of work was very pleasing and the trades on site knowledgeable in their professions. At the end of the project, we had no problems, when small remedial work needed carrying out. Thank you to Ian and his team for a professional job. Our staff and public are very pleased with the quality of the work carried out”
Samantha Everett – Area Manager
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