Case Study

Heritage & Retail

Tatton Dale Farm ‘Field to Fork’

Knutsford

Client
Cheshire East Council
Location
Knutsford
Value
£750k
Contractor
F Parkinson Ltd
Start
July 2017
Completion
February 2018
Sector
Heritage & Retail
Form of Contract
NEC 3 Option C
Delivery Type
Design and Construct

The farm is set in a corner of Tatton Park known as Tatton Dale and was, in its heyday, at the heart of the 2000 acre historic estate in Cheshire.

The scheme, which is part funded by the Heritage Lottery fund, is to help tell the story of food production for a large country estate from the late 18th century to the 1950s. Ultimately, the ‘Field to Fork’ project will ensure the conservation and realisation of the farm’s inherent heritage to ensure its long term sustainability and contribution to the broader Tatton Park estate and Cheshire East Council objectives.

The works include the opening up of several farm buildings which have been closed to the public for decades including the mill. Other buildings will be re-interpreted in the light of the new food production theme and repairs will be undertaken to a number of historic farm buildings. Also included in the works is the construction of a new multi-functional group space building set within the grounds of the farm.

Pre-constuction
The pre-construction activities have comprised of the following to deliver the project through the RIBA stages 4-7:-
• Appointment of design team and consultants
• Site and environmental surveys and reports required to inform the detailed design
• Submission of applications for discharge of Planning and Listed Building Consent conditions and for Building Regulation Approval, as well as all other statutory consents
• Obtained costs of sub-contractor work packages

‘Cheshire East Council appointed F. Parkinson Ltd following a mini-competition through the North West Construction Hub Low Value Framework. Collaborative working between F. Parkinson, their appointed design team and the Client service, during the pre-construction services stage, has resulted in a design being developed that meets the challenging brief and a tendered total of the
Prices being agreed that is within budget’ Tim Allen, Project Officer, Cheshire East Council