Charity Trust, Blackburn

Almhouse Transformation for Blackburn Charity Trust

Lea Hough has overseen the refurbishment of two ‘Almhouse’ terraced cottages, bringing them up to modern standards on behalf of a charity Trust in Blackburn.

Lea Hough were first approached by the Nancy Derbyshire Trust to discuss the options for internal alterations and refurbishment. Following this, our team were appointed to specify, tender and oversee the refurbishment of both properties by contractors, donating our services on a fee-free basis.

Lea Hough thereafter acted as Contract Administrator, project managing the works through to completion.

The properties, which had previously been refurbished over 20 years ago and were in need of modernisation, whist being sympathetic to the needs of the future occupants. The works involved:

  • Complete kitchen refurbishment.
  • Compete bathroom refurbishment, with accessibility in mind to suit elderly residents.
  • The removal of redundant chimney breasts, to create additional space within the bedrooms.
  • Internal dry-wall damp proofing works by specialist damp subcontractor.
  • Uplifting the woodblock floor throughout the properties and providing a new, level asphalt screed and new floor finishes.
  • Internal joinery works, including new doors and skirting boards throughout.
  • Complete internal redecoration.
  • Removing, replacing and upgrading the existing central heating systems, including new boilers, radiators and associated copper piping.
  • Partial electrical re-wire within the bathroom/kitchen areas and electrical consumer unit upgrades.
  • Replacement of flat roof to rear outrigger, with upgraded thermal insulation.
  • External fabric repairs, including reinstating slipped slates, adjusting windows and cleaning works.


“We had a Schedule of Condition carried out on a Commercial Property. From vacant possession to our proposed completion date we were really tight on time. Gary managed to carry out the inspection and write a very thorough report in the time needed to ensure we hit our completion date. The price of the report was also extremely competitive. I would recommend Lea Hough to anyone looking for a Professional Surveyors with excellent service & communication at a competitive price.”

Danny Ambler - Fuse Contract Furniture, Blackburn