The National Trust for Jersey took out its first loan to restore Brook Farm in St Martin, but the transformation of this 19th century property has been well worth it.
Restoration work is complete and a tenant has moved in at Brook Farm, Victorian farm complex bequeathed to the National Trust for Jersey by the late Edward Le Geyt.
The property in Rue du Sergent had been in his wife's family. the Ollivros. for successive generations, but it had decreased in size when land was sold to create the adjoining Maufant village development.
The Trust's chief executive, Charles Alluto, revealed that the project had proved a major undertaking as the roof of one of the outbuildings had collapsed and there were severe cracks in some of the walls. There were also other problems, including damp, but fortunately, all were able to be resolved.
Part of the project was the reduction in size of a 1970s extension and the re-shaping of its roof. For the walls, Jersey bricks were used as cladding, a perfect complement to existing granite.
"Unfortunately, the extension was totally out of context with the rest of the building", Mr Alluto explained. "It was the largest external change we made". Although the Trust's own team was available for advice and expertise, the project was left very much in the hands of main contractor, Houze Construction and sub-contractors. Work started in November last year and took 38 weeks to complete. The architectural consultant was Robert Le Mottee of Architectural Technology Services, the structural design engineering practice was Thomas and Griffiths and the quantity surveyor was Colin Smith and Partners.
Overall, the finished result is impressive. The character of the buildings has been sensitively retained and adaptations have enabled modern features such as geothermal heating and rainwater harvesting to be included.
As featured in Homelife supplement, Jersey Evening Post