Thinking Buildings are thrilled to see the first phase of construction for a new farmhouse project underway. The project involves the demolition of an existing modern farmhouse and the replacement with a substantial detached farmhouse and annexe. Before demolishing the existing property, Thinking Buildings have had to carefully manage seeking planning consent and finding a new home for bats that had taken up residency within the existing loft space. As these are acrobatic brown long eared bats, who like large spaces as a habitat, we have had to design and deliver a new oak framed out-building that includes a bat loft with a garden store under. Once complete, we can then carefully re-house our furry friends, proceed with demolition of the existing property and then start the construction of this fabulous new farmhouse. The project is being built by Kingerlee Construction and is anticipated to start on site in mid May.
The presence of bats (and other protected species for that matter) has become a particularly important and increasingly challenging aspect to manage in projects, often with serious implications on the timing and cost of building works. Working closely with Windrush Ecology we have enjoyed being able to plan, manage and deliver this great project. More to follow as work progresses on site.