Green Building Design were appointed as mechanical and electrical engineering consultants for the restoration of Rainham Hall, a beautiful Georgian house built in 1729 and acquired by the National Trust in 1949.
In addition to the hall, the project also involved the creation of a new cafeteria and event and education space within the stable block. Prior to the restoration, the stable block was in a near derelict condition and had to be reroofed and a new toilet block created as part of the works.
A new platform lift was installed in the Brewhouse which formed part of the platform lift and allowed disabled access between the cafeteria and event space. This was designed to mimic a cooper’s barrel with a staircase spiraling around.
Throughout the stable block, the original brick and timber surfaces were retained and exposed wherever this was practical. This meant that Green Building Design had to design the services so as to minimize visibility and intrusion into the fabric of the building.
Existing finishes were preserved throughout, meaning visual and fabric impact of services had to be minimized
Surface-mounted lighting in brewhouse adjusted to graze wall and bring out texture of brickwork. Indirect lighting within event space also highlighted the restored roof
The stable block is heated and cooled by an air-sourced heat pump system which has been incorporated into the building fabric allowing modern environmentally-friendly technology to be incorporated into a historic building.