Refurbishment works were carried out to a Forestry Commission owned Farmhouse located in the Gisburn Forest.

Works included the removal of a back boiler and storage heaters which were replaced with an oil tank and central heating system. New units and worktops were fitted to both the kitchen and utility and a four piece bathroom suite installed. Fireplaces were restored and a new wood burner installed. Decoration was carried out throughout along with tiled floor coverings to the kitchen, utility and bathroom and carpets laid to the reception rooms, stairs, landing and bedrooms.

Works were carried out to budget and completed to programme in time for new tenants.

The Landmark Trust, Beamsley – Listed Building Refurbishment

G I Hopley were selected to carry out refurbishment works to Beamsley Hospital, a circular Almshouse located just outside of Skipton.

Works included the installation of new worktops and tiling to kitchen, new bathroom suite and tongue and groove boarding to the main bathroom, electric heaters to replace storage heaters, re-pointing of paving flags to chapel and lobby, and re-decoration throughout.

Refurbishment works were successfully carried out in between rental bookings and completed to programme.

The Landmark Trust, Cowside – Restoration Works

The Landmark Trust Cowside

Restoration works to the 17th Century farmhouse consisted of picking out and re-pointing back to the wall core in most of the farmhouse and barn, erecting an enclosed scaffold, completely removing the roof, replacing several oak trusses and splice joints of several roof timbers, beam fill to the wall abutments, and make the building water tight.

Traditional methods were used such as NHL5 lime mortars which require scraping and beating, and oak beam splicing techniques.

One of the many challenges of these works was that from start to finish there was no running water or electricity and the site was only accessible by all-terrain vehicles.

After carrying out the initial works, we were then able to complete the restoration of the farmhouse internally back to a habitable standard.

The total restoration was completed on time and budget, with the first let of the building being eight weeks later. Although the restoration works were carried out in two phases, both phases were carried out under CDM regulations.

Orchid House, Malham Tarn – Listed Building Refurbishment

In May 2011, GIH completed works restoring The Orchid House: it is a historically important building, within the curtilage of a Grade II Listed Building, and is owned by National Trust’s Malham Tarn estate.

The building has been refurbished for educational use with the assistance of a grant from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’ Sustainable Development Fund. An air source heat pump was installed to service the building and interpretative panels will explain how the pump works and the environmental benefits it will bring.

The building on the Pennine Way behind the Field Centre buildings has undergone extensive structural and decorating work. The Orchid House was officially opened on Thursday June 9th 2011. The facility was to be used solely as a classroom and event room by the National Trust; however the building now offers toilet facilities for people walking the Pennine Way and Information Boards for the area. Previously the nearest toilets to the Tarn were in Malham Village. This will now be very welcome for the thousands of people who walk along this path every year. The contract was carried out in one phase over five months and fell under CDM regs.