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Bucklebury Common

The subject property, a large detached residential house, was located in a rural setting and the subject of significant fire damage. The fire resulted in damage to the roof structure and extensive damage to the side extensions requiring complete reconstruction. Smoke and heat damage extended throughout the building.


Subtilis Consulting were appointed by the building owners to project manage the reinstatement of the building and to liaise with the appointed loss adjusters. Emergency scaffolding was arranged to support the worst affected structural elements and a structurally designed scaffold and sheeted canopy was installed over the entire building to protect it from inclement weather. Difficulties arose with the limited access available for deliveries of plant and materials due to the remote location of the property.


Subtilis Consulting selected a firm of architects and structural engineers to prepare architectural plans and elevations for the purposes of submitting for planning approval and to assist with the preparation of the repair scheme. Subtilis Consulting also organised for a specialist firm of drying consultants.

























A full schedule of works and specification was produced and issued for competitive tender to contractors experienced in this work. The owners elected to carry out reinstatement utilising changes to the construction which were priced and scheduled separately from the insurance work contract. Following commencement of the repairs, it became clear that the extent of damage was worse then originally anticipated with the carbon deposits from the smoke extending to further areas within the cavity wall construction.


The works were completed on schedule and both the client and loss adjusters expressed their thanks for the high quality of the completed works and the services provided by Subtilis Consulting.

Subtilis - Major Loss Fire 17

Project Details


Client : Residential Owner

Works : Fire damage refurbishment works

Value of works : £ 430,000

Duration : 14 months