Caswall House

Caswall House


Project Specification:
Sector: Residential
Client: Hamble Property
Location: Godalming, Surrey
Timescale: 12 weeks



Caswall House is a Grade II listed building situated in the town centre Conservation Area of Godalming in Surrey.

Originally a house, it has most recently been used as offices. Buildwise has been appointed by the new owners to convert it in three apartments.

We have begun the sensitive conversion of this Gerogian/Queen Anne property, and will make sure the plethora of historic features will be preserved for the new owners to enjoy.



Listed Farmhouse Surrey

Listed Farmhouse Surrey


Project Specification: Sector: Residential Client: Private Client Location: Surrey Project Value: £700k Timescale: 42 weeks

Having established the original building was much larger – the left hand wing and part of the central portion were destroyed by fire in the 20th century – planning permission was gained to extend the property to its original profile.

The timber framed 14/15th century Grade II Listed farm building had been substantially altered over the years. It had suffered from serious structural degradation and non permitted alterations such as UPVC windows.

A sympathetic restoration was required, and the opportunity was used to reconfigure the interior space to accommodate the requirements of a modern family.

Historic Buildings, London

Historic Buildings, London


Project Specification: Sector: Commercial Client: Various Location: London Project Value: Up to £200k Timescale: Average of 4 weeks

Buildwise have been privileged to work with Sykes & Son – one of the oldest independent specialist contractors in London – on many of their projects at Buckingham Palace, Natural History Museum, Royal Academy, and Victoria & Albert Museum to name but a few.

We have applied our knowledge and experience of buildings of all periods, and used our skill to meticulously restore many historic buildings to their former glory.

In addition, Buildwise work closely with private home owners with Listed properties to carry out sensitive conservation projects preserving original features, whilst updating homes to accommodate the requirements of modern living.

The Buildwise professional team always aim to maintain good working relationships with the local Conservation Officers, and ensure all work is carried out in accordance with their expert guidance.

Photo credits: Buckingham Palace Royal Academy Victoria & Albert Museum Science Museum

Frensham Manor, Surrey

Frensham Manor, Surrey


Project Specification: Sector: Residential Client: Private Client Location: Frensham Manor, Surrey Project Value: £1m Timescale: 30 weeks
Having purchased the 180 acre estate, the new owner appointed Buildwise to turn the out-of-date ‘fussy’ interior of the Manor House to a more pared down contempoary style. The Buildwise team set about remodelling the interior space to reflect the new owners exemplary paired-down style and to accommodate his contemporary pieces of design-classic furniture. The timber framed structure, with an attached Grade I Listed chapel used as a dining hall, required renovation works to preserve the fabric of the building. As with any historic building, specialist knowledge and a sensitive approach is required when undertaking any work. Buildwise’s professional team have a wealth of knowledge with such work. Our carpenters paid particular attention to the medieval floor boards and wood panelling in the entrance, chapel antechamber and chapel, repairing any damage and restoring the wood to its former glory. An antique timber floor was laid in the reconfigured drawing room, and the leaded glazing units set within stone mullions were repaired. Bespoke French doors replaced the existing in a style more fitting to the period of the property. The large kitchen was overhauled in a contemporary style, and new limestone flooring installed – practical for country living. An unused space to the rear of the kitchen was reconfigured as staff accommodation, and a shower room added. The exterior saw a programme of repair including to the stonework, and the seamless re-pointing of brickwork with lime mortar. Over time both the house interior and exterior, and the adjacent gardens had seen numerous light fittings installed, most of which were defunct. Our electricians unravelled the myriad of cabling – particularly those that defaced the listed chapel and property exterior – and replaced all with a much more discreet solution.
Royal Opera House, London

Royal Opera House, London


Project Specification: Sector: Commercial Client: Castellum Ltd Location: London Project Value: £400k Timescale: 10 weeks

Executive offices located across two floors of the Royal Opera House required reconfiguring to make better use of the space and to accommodate a growing workforce.

The reconfigured spaces were then refurbished with high quality finishes, and with the addition of bespoke glazed section dividers.

Careful management and a well thought out and executed programme of works was put in place, enabling the offices to remain in use throughout. The project was divided into six fast track phases. Acoustic divisions were installed within larger open plan offices and out-of-hours working practices were used to maintain an operational working environment for employees.