Our Bury St Edmunds office serves as our bustling headquarters, and is located on Hatter Street, just a stone’s throw away from the many independent boutiques and cafes that the town has to offer.
Bury St Edmunds has an interesting history. Once an Anglo Saxon settlement, the town was named after Edmund, the East Anglian king whose remains were brought to the local monastery (now Bury St Edmunds Abbey). With the help of pilgrimages and royal grants, as well as thriving wool and brewing industries, Bury St Edmunds grew into a significant Suffolk town, and remains so today.
In terms of architecture, the most notable historic example is the Abbey, which lays in ruins in the heart of the town, surrounded by public gardens. However, there are examples of Georgian architecture in the many townhouses that line Angel Hill, as well as older private homes in various villages just outside the town’s boundaries. Contemporary architecture can be seen throughout the town.
Our office can be accessed by foot from the town centre and train station, or by car thanks to limited parking in residential streets and larger parking areas across town.
Whiworth were initially instructed to undertake a building survey on Letheringham Lodge, a Grade II* listed property in mid-Suffolk. We uncovered various defects on the property as well as an outstanding planning issue, and we were later appointed to address the planning issues pertaining to the reinstatement of the windows, which were removed and replaced by the previous owners without listed building consent approval.
Bury St Edmunds Guildhall is a Grade I listed building which underwent repair and refurbishment under the guidance of Whitworth. The aim was to create a live action museum that tells part of the story of Bury St Edmunds. As one of Britain’s oldest civic buildings, the Guildhall has a rich history, ranging from nearly 700 years as a courtroom to the only complete surviving WW2 Royal Observatory Corps centre in the country.
Whitworth designed 10 ‘eco houses’ to be built on the site of a redundant farm in North Suffolk. The scheme was developed to follow the local Suffolk vernacular to ensure that the houses complemented the village and complied with the village’s own development plan. The developer’s brief stated that the houses should incorporate energy-saving measures wherever feasible and practical to do so, and therefore boast high levels of insulation and draft proofing, as well as other features.
Bury St Edmunds is our head office and from here we service the mid-East Anglia region over to the East Midlands including Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire.
This area is characterised by being primarily rural in nature but with a number of significant towns and cities scattered through the region. The nature of the buildings again tends to be brick and timber frame, but clay lump and clunch are also frequently encountered together with flint. Roof coverings tend to be thatch, clay tile, slate and some pantile.
The following services are offered from all our office locations:
Building surveys, condition surveys, bespoke surveys, defects analysis, residential surveys, commercial surveys, schedules of condition, expert witness reports, specifications and schedules of work, contract administration, specialist historic building consultancy.
Our surveyors specialise in dealing with historic buildings but have experience on a wide range of property type and age including modern structures.