A much loved landmark on the bank of the Cromford Canal, the picturesque cottage was falling into a ruinous state. Mansell Architects produced a survey and options appraisal as part of the development phase of DerwentWISE. We followed this by commissioning a Structural Condition Report.
One of our volunteers, Ron Common, dedicated himself to the project and carried out extensive research to build a business case for the restoration of the cottage to be used as a ‘gateway site’ to the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Lea Wood reserve, amongst others.
Meanwhile the landscape conservation volunteer team carefully extracted self-set trees from the ruin which were threatening the remaining fabric of the building. A sink hole drained the section of canal in front of the cottage, allowing Ron to retrieve some of the masonry that had been lost to the canal bed. Heritage builder Andrew Churchman carried out repairs to stabilise the stonework. Local artists Abigail Sawyer, Ruth Gray, Mandy-Jayne Alhors and Joanna McPherson created paintings to cheer up the boarded up windows.
Building Structural Report
Summary of Repairs
Specification of Works
Site Risk Assessment
Schedule of Work
Vegetation and tree management plan
Survey and Options Appraisal