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Based in Ledbury, the historic project is a rare and almost unique example of a building type that was once commonly associated with hospital/infirmary sites. Originally built in the 15th century, the original timber frame has mostly survived depsite numerous alterations and extensions to the property over the centuries.

However, the frame itself was in need of some serious renovation to make it suitable for use, and led by Site Manager Ed Mandrell, Speller Metcalfe and their team have beautifully restored the original timber frame alongside installation of a new roof. The topping out ceremony marks the celebration of months of work to get to this point, as well as the removal of the scaffolding from around site. 

Steve Speller, Joint Managing Director at Speller Metcalfe said: “What has been truly outstanding is the way the entire project team has taken a real ownership of this project. Around 95 per cent of our sub-contractors are from within 30 miles of site and you can really see the pride they’ve shown, both through their quality of workmanship and in the numbers that have made it here today to celebrate a pinnacle moment in the restoration of this fantastic building.”

Councillor Harry Bramer, Cabinet member for Assets and Major Contracts explained how Herefordshire Council is fulfilling its responsibility: "By restoring this fascinating Grade II listed building, we are providing a visitor attraction which will help boost the local economy as well as making a hub for council services."

The project aims to complete by November this year, with services open to the public in Spring 2015.

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