Historic hall project brings leading trio together

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Restoration of a landmark Jacobean hall near Darlington has brought the expertise of an award-winning architect, specialist stone mason and national house builder under one roof.

Having joined forces for the two-year restoration of Sockburn Hall, a dormant 1830s Grade II* Listed hall on the ‘Heritage at Risk’ register, three firms – C.A.Ross Design, Coverdale Hughes and Hughes Brothers Construction – have since moved into adjacent business units to pool expertise and provide a seamless ‘one-stop-shop’ for other building and renovation projects.

C.A. Ross Design was founded by chartered architect and director Carl Ross, who has been involved in a number of award-winning projects. Carl’s assignments have covered arts, commercial, ecclesiastical, hospitality and residential tasks including Lisburn Civic Centre, Flowerfield Arts Centre on the Causeway Coast, expansion of Live Theatre on Newcastle’s Quayside, St Therese of Lisieux new build church in Ingleby Barwick, a new multi-million pound crematorium in County Durham, a multi-million pound rail-served steel store on behalf of AV Dawson in Middlesbrough and masterplanning for numerous North East eateries including Muse and Cena in Yarm.

Hughes Brothers Construction is a civil engineering company, handling a variety of projects for the public and private sectors. These include housing on behalf of Barratt Homes, Miller Homes and Bellway Homes, plus leisure, commercial, industrial and retail projects across the North-East and Yorkshire. As well as premises in Middlesbrough, the company has offices in Sunderland and Leeds.

Coverdale Hughes specialises in listed building renovations, especially stone structures. As an established stone mason, Peter Coverdale – one half of Coverdale Hughes – has over 20 years of practical experience working with stone buildings around the north of England. Peter and his team are some of the most experienced stone masons in the country and have worked on projects of varied sizes.

As testament to the successful transformation of Sockburn Hall – which was shortlisted for a prestigious Historic England conservation award – Carl was invited to relocate his architectural practice to new larger premises, alongside Hughes Brothers Construction and Coverdale Hughes.

Carl Ross, director, C.A. Ross Design, explained: “The Sockburn Hall project highlighted how well all three firms work together. Between us we have vast amounts of expertise covering architecture, masterplanning, planning approvals, listed building renovation, stone masonry and major civil engineering projects.

“When Gary Hughes, director of Hughes Brothers Construction, suggested we relocate to adjacent business premises on Riverside Park, Middlesbrough, it made good business sense. We are already collaborating on a number of other domestic and commercial projects, including two barn conversions, which are near completion.”

Gary Hughes, director, Hughes Brothers Construction, added: “Sockburn Hall and our consequent joint projects have highlighted our complementary skills and ability to work well as a professional team. Although we will continue to operate as three separate companies with our own individual clients, it makes sense to be under one roof to provide a more joined-up approach to feasibility, design, planning and construction for the benefit of our clients.”


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