April 2014: Beard Oxford secures various projects to the value of £1 million for Oxford University . Beard Guildford chosen for further project at Churchers College, internal refurbishment, re-roofing and associated extensions to form new entrance and fitness suite . Beard Swindon win numerous projects, overall value of £2 million for Aspire, Bradfield College and Moore Cottage Hospital .


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Customer - Confidential Client

Architect - Oxford Architects

Contract value - £430,000

Contract duration - 20 weeks

Procurement - Negotiated








Case Study - Highwood House, Oxfordshire

Sympathetic extension and remodelling of distinctive Cotswold family house.

Remodelling and extending this private family home required a sympathetic approach to preserve the building's distinctive Cotswold character and minimise disruption to the owners.

Despite delays due to bad weather, Beard completed the project in 20 weeks, building both a new single storey extension and completely refurbishing the existing property. Internally everything has been renewed including a complete electric and plumbing refit, a new kitchen, new bathrooms, floor coverings, heating system and full redecoration.

New parts of the house are of traditional cavity wall construction with a natural stone outer skin to blend with the original. The whole property was roofed in Cotswold slate, with a lead roof to the single storey extension at the back of the house. High quality natural materials and traditional construction skills were used throughout.

Challenges & Solutions

With the majority of work taking place at the rear of the property, overcoming difficult access was the biggest issue. All materials had to be taken through the existing building, so careful scheduling of construction activities with the owner helped smooth the process.

“We were really pleased by the way Beard worked with us. They were professional and helpful at all times and responsive to every request we made. The quality of the work speaks for itself .”
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