Fairlands Farm Community Heritage Trust

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Fairlands Farm Community Heritage Trust

Fairlands Farm Community Heritage Trust

Friends of Fairlands Farm CIC By Friends of Fairlands Farm CIC

Restoration of derelict Grade II listed farmhouse and its grounds in Stevenage's Fairlands Valley, to involve community, to have sustainable resource for heritage, health and horticultural education.

Stevenage Idea stage

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Fairlands Farm is a registered Asset of Community Value of historical value. It is in a state of significant disrepair. We intend to restore it to the highest standard, providing opportunity for young people to learn skills in historical building works and aim to provide a resource hub for local educational and community groups, by creating a city farm for the 21st century that acknowledges the past and looks to the future, inspires young minds, supports creativity and crafts, and delivers a hands on experience in horticultural practices, to impart and share knowledge of farming to support the industry. As a farm centred in Stevenage's Fairlands Valley we want to encourage interaction between city, town and rural communities by providing a living and diverse cultural centre that can be used simultaneously by groups with different interests.

What we'll deliver:

  • Restore Grade II listed building
  • Landscape garden and orchard
  • Provide facilities for community groups
  • Deliver educational opportunities
  • Support sporting events in Fairlands Valley Park

Why it's a great idea:

Stevenage is Britain's first New Town. As such it has a unique place in the country's history. The former dairy farm was once part of the Lytton estate (now Lytton-Cobold), which includes Knebworth House, and it provided produce to residents and builders of Stevenage New Town, before the fields and barns were forced to make way for housing and leisure facilities. The generations who remember the working farm recall scrumping the farm's orchard and Stanley Marriott, the last active farmer, married Sybil, a local school headmaster's secretary for 25 years. There is currently no farm offering within the town's boundaries, but the farm has delivered resource, in supporting the people and education of people who have staffed industries in the town which have reached astromical heights - Mars Rover was built here. The project is a great idea because it will improve the economy of the town, by being an attractive living heritage site that respects its past and reaches to the future.

Steps to get it done:

  • Registration as a Hertitage Trust.
  • Clearance of the Farmhouse Grounds.
  • Securing the site from intrusion.
  • Creation of landscaping design.
  • Purchase of plant and materials.
  • Full site survey on the farmhouse.
  • Establishment of the order of works.

A broad spectrum of local residents have been consulted on their views about the site and have indicated their approval for our vision, both on-line and in public consultations that have been organised. We have support from local councillors and community leaders, who feel our vision fits with the local strategy to tackle health and educational inequality. As a newly formed organisation we seek first to have our charity registered with the charities commission and are holding a fundraising film screening that showcases the New Town and aspirations of its residents in the 60s. We intend to build on this 20th Century heritage and use the farmhouse as a focal point to continue to enhance our local offering, reaching out beyond traditional boundaries with creative and innovative ideas. The projects cost are based on RICS report provided by the local Council - a condition survey report on the buildings and an appendix breakdown of estimated costs - uploaded at 1st item on the costs list.

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Location Stevenage

Stevenage has 1 other project and £345,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

The farmhouse and it's surroundings - https://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/101393097-fairlands-farm-stevenage

Council

Stevenage Borough Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £700,026

Hand cut clay tiles - £125,400 (18%)
Combination of sliding box sash and side - £50,000 (7%)
Timber coupled rafter roof - Major structural timber repairs required and - £50,000 (7%)
Remove lath and plaster ceilings and re-instate usingthe same construction method with lime plaster - £40,000 (6%)
Take up tiled floor areas, lay level sub-base andDPM and re-instate / renew floor tiles - £32,000 (5%)
Damp penetration Excessively high moisture readings, obvious signs of damage - remedial repair - £30,000 (4%)
Segmental brick heads above windows - £30,000 (4%)
Replace storage heaters and re-wire - £20,000 (3%)
Strip of slate roof covering and replace once new roof structure constructed - £20,000 (3%)
Extensive brickwork repairs and re-pointing - £15,000 (2%)
Other - £287,626 (41%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

18%
Hand cut clay tiles
£125,400
7%
Combination of sliding box sash and side
£50,000
7%
Timber coupled rafter roof - Major structural timber repairs required and
£50,000
6%
Remove lath and plaster ceilings and re-instate usingthe same construction method with lime plaster
£40,000
5%
Take up tiled floor areas, lay level sub-base andDPM and re-instate / renew floor tiles
£32,000
4%
Damp penetration Excessively high moisture readings, obvious signs of damage - remedial repair
£30,000
4%
Segmental brick heads above windows
£30,000
3%
Replace storage heaters and re-wire
£20,000
3%
Strip of slate roof covering and replace once new roof structure constructed
£20,000
2%
Extensive brickwork repairs and re-pointing
£15,000
41%
Other
£287,626
  • Spacehive fees
    £31,595
  • Transaction Fees
    £29,472
  • Provisional sum for drainage re-lining / repairs
    £15,000
  • All internal walls suffering from rising damp - Brick repairs and insertion of damp proof course
    £15,000
  • Provide new hot water boiler and reconnect hot and cold water services to bathroom and toilets
    £12,000
  • Timber windows and doors boarded over Poor condition with rotted frames/broken glazing Replace all
    £10,000
  • Refurbish bathroom and renew sanitary ware
    £10,000
  • New electrical installation required once ceiling and
    £10,000
  • Take up floor boards and repair and treat supportingjoists and underside of boards.
    £10,000
  • Complete replacement of roof structure
    £10,000
  • All windows, doors and exposed timber
    £10,000
  • High level access Full scaffold for external high level works
    £9,000
  • Rewire lighting circuits and provide new light fittings
    £8,000
  • Coincrete floors uneven and breaking up - New screed topping incorporating damp proof membrane.
    £8,000
  • Excavate and lay sub base and extend tarmac road to parking area
    £7,500
  • VAT
    £6,319
  • Break out and re-new concrete hardstanding
    £6,000
  • Surface preparation and re-decoration to all walls and ceilings
    £6,000
  • Hack off debonded or damp affected plaster and reinstate
    £6,000
  • Some internal doors missing, others ill fitting with loose or missing ironmongery replace/overhaul
    £5,000
  • Plasterboard ceilings saturated and in danger of collapse Replace all ceilings
    £5,000
  • Facing brickwork with embedded timber
    £5,000
  • Replace sink and kitchen units
    £5,000
  • Exposed overhanging rafters at roof eaves Poor condition with timber decay evident
    £5,000
  • Fit insulation in-between joists in all roof voids
    £4,500
  • Cut back vegetation and trees
    £4,000
  • Upgrade fire compartmentation by fittingintumescent strips and fire rated glazing to internal doors
    £4,000
  • Rewire small power installation
    £4,000
  • Timber panel or close boarded doors
    £3,200
  • To roof void poor condition loose treads no rail overhaul staircase, replace treads, fit nosing's
    £3,000
  • Repointing to boundary wall copings
    £3,000
  • Refurbish toilet room and replace WC
    £3,000
  • Surface preparation and re-decoration to internal timber elements
    £3,000
  • Full CCTV surveys of storm and foul water drainage required
    £3,000
  • UPVC gutters and downpipes
    £1,700
  • Single glazed metal frame roof light Glazing broken Replace roof light
    £1,500
  • Overhaul plumbing installation
    £1,500
  • Brick chimneys and clay pots weathered and flaching detail missing Repoint chimneys and re-bed pots
    £1,200
  • Lead flashings
    £800
  • Fundraising start up costs
    £740
  • Test fire alarm installation and provide certification
    £600

Total £700,026

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