Eton College is one of the UK’s leading independent schools, with around 1300 pupils, all full boarders. Westbury House is a home from home to around 50 boys, each having his own study-bedroom as a private space. Whitescape converted the loft of the Grade-II listed building to create five new rooms, and also built an extension. The additional fees generated by these rooms covered the project investment in just one year.

Complete in 10 weeks

The project had to be completed from start to finish in the ten-week summer holiday, while the building was unoccupied. There was no margin for delay as the boarding rooms are fully booked for the start of the new year, and the extension and upgrading work to the House Master’s kitchen and the Dame’s flat and surgery similarly had to be ready for occupation and use by the pupils’ return.

Heritage considerations

To meet requirements for the Grade II listing meant that the new work had to match all existing external features. Heritage Crittall-style lead light windows for both the loft and the timber-frame extension were uniquely commissioned from a specialist firm. We were able to ensure that the schedule was met while satisfying the conservation officer with the high quality of the materials and installation.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

  • Loft conversion with five new boarding rooms
  • Extension to House Master’s kitchen
  • Upgrading Dame’s flat and surgery
  • £275K budget
  • 10-week programme

“It was a huge source of pride to Whitescape to deliver this project so successfully. Working within such demanding specifications and timescales put a lot of pressure on our own management and technical skills, and I believe we achieved a good outcome by applying the kind of intelligent approach that Eton would recognise and appreciate.”