Ridge worked with the John Lewis Partnership to undertake a condition survey of Brownsea Castle, on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour.
This Grade II listed castle was built for Henry VIII as part defence installations on the South Coast. There have been many additions and alterations to the castle since its construction in the 16th Century.
The island and its buildings are owned by The National Trust. The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has a long lease on the castle and the majority of the buildings on the island. On acquiring the lease, JLP undertook an extensive programme of restoration and converted the castle into a hotel for exclusive use by John Lewis staff.
Ridge was appointed to inspect the castle and prepare a detailed record of the condition, repair and maintenance work required to the buildings. The inspections were undertaken over the winter period, when the hotel was not open to guests.
Ridge also arranged for material samples to be analysed to assist the specification of remedial works to the listed building.
As a result of the survey, JLP is implementing a planned maintenance programme to address the issues identified.
Ridge was also appointed to undertake additional work to investigate defects to the Gun Terrace (adjacent to the castle) and submit a planning application to replace a defective oil supply pipeline.