Pick Everard’s Suffolk based Building Surveying team was appointed as lead consultant to design and deliver a new toilet block and plant sales facility at the National Trust’s Ickworth House and Park.  Ickworth House is a Grade 1 listed Georgian Italianate Palace located in Suffolk, and is one of the National Trusts most visited East Anglian attraction.

The Brief 

The existing facilities comprised a number of un-suitable and un-compliant temporary units which were repeatedly identified as inadequate in visitor feedback.  The National Trust wanted to identify a suitable location and construct a new modern facility that would sit comfortably in the historic landscape.  The existing profitable plant sales facility was also deemed unsatisfactory, and the trust wanted to include a new sales facility into the project to generate further growth opportunities.

Our Response 

To design and deliver this project within the required time scale represented a challenge.  Obtaining planning permission was the initial hurdle, and required Pick Everard to work closely with all the stakeholders to ensure that the correct solution was proposed and approved.  Once Planning permission was secured Pick Everard’s full design team collaborated closely and adopted sustainable modern methods of construction to minimise the construction phase and achieve the target opening at Easter 2013.

Key Facts

  • Grade I listed house and grounds
  • Historic landscape
  • Archeological importance
  • Replace temporary WC facilities
  • Provide disabled and parent WC facilities
  • Improve plant sales experience and potential
  • Achieve NT Gold sustainability standard
  • Timber frame construction
  • Floating raft foundations
  • To be open for 2013 Easter Holiday

Project Information

Value: £350,000