Masons Scaffolding was employed by Sloane Demolition to provide a full retaining scaffold during the demolition of the internal walls, ﬂoors and roof of the old manor house at Leybourne Grange. The project was to convert the Grade 2 listed buildings within the heart of the former Leybourne Grange Hospital grounds into luxury living accommodation.
Leybourne Grange is part of an exciting new housing development called Leybourne Chase, built in the grounds of and utilising the original buildings of a former manor house in the Kent countryside, just ﬁve miles from Maidstone. It’s a development of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, and 2 and 3 bedroom houses, close to the historic town of West Malling.
Works included a highly detailed and complex buttress scaffold incorporating a double width scaffold and internal and external beamed support to all window levels – both vertical and horizontal. Full span beam platforms were installed between main front and rear walls at roof level once the roof was removed and an access staircase together with kentledge bases drilled into a purpose built concrete foundation slab.
The buildings were in much worse condition than originally anticipated, owing to poor maintenance and years of neglect. The manor house at Leybourne Grange dates back to around 1724 and the age of the building added considerable challenges to the project.
Due for completion in 2021, the project includes additional works to the clocktower and caretaker’s cottage, along with the library and ancillary buildings. These are being carried out directly for Taylor Wimpey, Masons Scaffolding having successfully met its supply chain requirements
The scaffold temporary works have been continuously monitored and amended throughout the project, due to the complexities of the exposed building and the requirement to meet the ever-changing calculations.
Grant Mason, MD at Masons Scaffolding, says:
“It is testament to the Taylor Wimpey and Sloane Demolition teams who have worked tirelessly alongside Masons Scaffolding, that this challenging project is ultimately so rewarding.
We are tremendously proud of the scaffolding work it showcases.”