The Client One of Britain’s most famous Tudor manor houses, Speke Hall just outside Liverpool is over 400 years old. Considered to be one of the most outstanding examples of a traditional black and white timberwork building, the National Trust-owned house and gardens is now a hugely popular North West visitor attraction.
Six years ago, as part of a major refurbishment project, the site’s Grade 2 Listed ‘Home Farm’ building that had stood redundant for over 60 years was converted into a new Visitor Reception Area including restaurant and shop. At the same time, the Grade 1 Listed Hall, originally built in 1530, also underwent major refurbishment, with new central heating and domestic hot water system installations carried out in both buildings. The new equipment requires regular planned preventative maintenance (PPM) to be scheduled in around the Hall’s busy calendar.
Kimpton Building services were appointed to carry out the conversion of the original oil fired central heating system into an LPG system in the main hall. Since this refurbishment programme, Kimpton has also maintained a rolling PPM programme at Speke Hall, performing twice-yearly checks of all building services plant, supported by breakdown and maintenance response in the event of problems such as boiler faults, leaks or burst pipes.
“Being a Listed building and a popular visitor attraction Speke Hall creates its own heating and ventilating challenges and we need to rely on a local company that understands the building and can respond quickly to any unforeseen difficulties. “Kimpton were involved early on with the new plant and since then its service and maintenance division has been retained on a rolling contract, ensuring that the property receives a rapid and reliable response to any H&V issues.”
Simon Osborne, Property Manager