Madingley Hall is a Grade I listed manor house, built in 1543 and has gardens landscaped by Capability Brown.
The building is owned by the University of Cambridge and is home to the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.
Fox Associates was appointed as lead consultant, fulfilling the role of project managers and contract administrators for the replacement and upgrading works to the building’s 1920’s heating system.
The heating system required the installation of improved controls, cleaning and replacement of corroded sections of the original cast iron pipework.
Much of the works were required to be completed below the building’s historic stone and timber floors.
Many of the floor voids had been previously filled with asbestos containing materials to insulate the original installation.
Consequently, prior to heating works commencement, complex asbestos remediation works were completed.
The building could not close during the works and its existing teaching schedule had to continue undisturbed, over the project’s 6 month on-site programme.
The project required extensive pre-programming and coordination with the building’s senior management team before works could commence.
Opening up of the floors and disturbance to the building’s historic features was subject to conservation approval and listed building consent.
The period cast iron radiators had to be treated with great care but, also carefully flushed to improve performance.
Due to their considerable weight it was not possible to remove the radiators from the building and a careful operation of cleaning and disposal of fluid, within portable lightweight tanks, bought into the 4 storey building was required.
The building also contained many high quality Axminster carpets, feature plaster ceilings, tapestries and original wall papers requiring careful preservation and protection.
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