HISTORIC OXFORD
COLLEGE REFURBISHMENT

WG Carter undertook a major refurbishment project at an Oxford college, based in the city centre. The college was built in the 15th century and is a Grade 1 listed building with a particularly important archaeological background. This required there to be an archaeologist on site to inspect all external ground works and all opening up works to ensure that nothing of note was accidentally damaged.
The project included a full refurbishment of a traditional block of accommodation within the curtilage of the college, based around two staircases that were originally built in the 15th century. Each staircase provides 18 rooms with shared bathroom facilities.

The refurbishment included a complete electrical re-wiring and replacement of all the plumbing with alterations to both staircases and re-decoration throughout. WG Carter also undertook detailed repairs to the original windows. A number of the window frames and casements had perished with age and required splice timber repairs using the timber from a window that had been removed.

Given the historic nature of the project, the priority was for refurbishment to preserve and conserve as many original features and fittings as possible. As sometimes happens with renovation projects, the works revealed a number of unexpected hidden features including some bookcases that were only exposed once the existing listed wall panelling was carefully removed for the re-wiring work. Those bookcases in good condition were refurbished and became part of the finished works and the existing listed wall panels were repaired and reinstated. All the repair works were carried out using like-for-like materials and under strict supervision of the conservation officer and the appointed archaeologist.

In the principal room WG Carter undertook some very specialist faux graining works to recreate the exact wood effect to match the original, which was in a poor condition. This entailed submitting a number of samples for approval by the conservation officer, with the scope and specification changing mid project.

Historic Oxford College refurbishment

Mr T, Brill

As far as builders go WG Carter are among the very best.  Their quality of workmanship is outstanding and we have found them easy to work with, professional and reliable

Mr T, Brill

Neil Perry, Anderson Orr Architects

We have worked with WG Carter Ltd for many years because they consistently deliver exceptional standards of craftsmanship and outstanding project management. I would not hesitate to recommend them.

Neil Perry, Anderson Orr Architects

Mr F, Cotswolds

WG Carter is a client friendly builder who is cooperative, helpful and totally understands what is required to deliver beautiful renovations and new build projects for the discerning.

Mr F, Cotswolds

Raimundo Torres, Studio Indigo

WG Carter demonstrated a very good understanding of an historic building and coped well under pressure to accelerate and deliver a challenging build to a very high level of quality.

Raimundo Torres, Studio Indigo

Matthew Sanders, Michaelis Boyd Associates

We have worked with WG Carter on major renovation projects of several luxury houses. They have met our demand for high quality craftsmanship using their excellent experience in traditional and contemporary building techniques.

Matthew Sanders, Michaelis Boyd Associates

Cornelius Crunksen, Studio Indigo

WG Carter worked closely with us and the client to refurbish and extend a Grade II Listed family country home that exceeded both the clients’ expectations and ours.

Cornelius Crankson, Studio Indigo

David Streat FRICS, Building Surveyor

I have worked with WG Carter on a number of substantial projects over the last ten years, including the renovation of several Listed Buildings, and have been impressed by their attention to detail and the overall standard of finish. Their craftsmen and tradesmen are skilled, helpful and easy to work with. I have no hesitation in recommending WG Carter as builders.

David Streat FRICS, Building Surveyor

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