The Unicorn’s Head, Langar

Following a devastating fire, this Grade II Listed building dating from 1717 suffered extensive smoke and fire damage to the first and second floors and large areas of the roof. The Tenants had lost their home and business and the village had lost an important community asset.

The project was run under a JCT Prime Cost Contract to enable an appropriate contractor to be quickly appointed to begin the careful process of preventing further loss of historic fabric and of restoring the building back to a family home and successful business.

Following the removal of fire damaged materials and possessions from within the building, it quickly became apparent that the building had not only been substantially damaged by the fire but that it also had a number of other major issues to be addressed as part of the works.

Conservation and retention of the historic fabric was of primary importance and close liaison with the Conservation Officer was required to enable progress to be made on site ahead of formal Listed Building Consent.

The restoration works included carefully piecing in new roof timbers to replace those damaged by fire and previous insect attack, extensive lime plaster works, masonry repairs, structural works, replacement floors, the rebuilding of a freestanding 3 stage reducing Brewhouse chimney, plus a full general refurbishment of the trading areas and living areas.

Traditional materials and skills were used to bring the building back from the brink and to provide a fantastic fully refurbished gastropub and family home.

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