Our clients within this sector are diverse and include English Heritage, Trusts, local authorities and private clients.
Our brief can simply be restoration of the historic landscape or the creation of new formal gardens. Our work, however, is often part of a far larger brief and can also include fountains, boundary walls, ironwork and the repair of structures and follies within the landscape, from small grottos to large national monuments such as the Temples and buildings at Stowe Gardens.
All local authorities have ownership of historic buildings in their property portfolios and are responsible for their care. Synergy’s heritage team supports our local authority clients and offers significant experience in working with public historic buildings. We have rich knowledge of the requirement of philosophy of repair to these public buildings and appreciate the difficulties of working within limited budgets.
As part of our works we often are involved with option appraisals, business planning and feasibility studies to find new and productive uses for existing buildings so that they cease to be a drain on a local authority’s finances, but instead are maintained and accessibility improved for use by the local community.
Museums and Heritage Centres
We have broad experience in the construction and refurbishment of new and existing Museums and Heritage Centres. Refurbishments are commonly located within buildings of historic importance and some new buildings constructed within the curtilage of same. We have extensive knowledge and understanding of the constraints that this can impose upon a proposed development. We work with a wide range of consultants, including interpretation and lighting consultants, and are adept at appreciating their requirements to ensure projects remain in budget.
Some of our recent projects have included work at the American Museum in Britain near Bath, a major conservation project for English Heritage at the J W Evans Silver Factory exhibit in Birmingham and alterations and repair to Court Barn in Chipping Campden.
We have longstanding relationships with the National Trust and the Landmark Trust as well as a number of local preservation trusts throughout the UK.
Projects within this sector can be extremely varied and we advise on projects both large and small. From roof and external stonework repairs, to the incorporation of new visitor facilities within the curtilage of existing buildings, to the landscaping, we offer trusts a broad base of skills and experience.
Our team is passionate about supporting our clients with their repair and conservation works, and have a keen eye for detail, always looking to understand the requirements of the building and the philosophy of repair to be used.
We work closely with the private owners of historic houses offering a personal and proactive service that ensures our clients get the best value in the repair and restoration of their properties.
We enjoy being part of the conservation process for these wonderful buildings and help to renovate, adapt and sympathetically bring in the 21st Century comforts of modern life, including the construction of new traditional and/or contemporary extensions.
Our portfolio of projects is extremely varied, from the most humble of cottages to manor houses and castles. We can advise on a variety of materials and finishes and offer our clients support for not just the buildings, but also the external landscaping.
"The staff with whom I have worked at Synergy Bare, Leaning & Bare have an excellent and well-grounded understanding of historic buildings, which is vital to performing well in this field. They have consistently demonstrated a thorough-going attention to detail. I have found them very efficient in delivery, even when under pressure to produce tender documents in tight timescales. This is a highly professional firm, and always a reliable source of independent, objective cost advice."
Nick Hill, National Conservation Projects Manager - English Heritage
“The Stowe House Preservation Trust has worked with Bare Leaning and Bare for over ten years and their professional advice has served us well through one of the most extensive and costly restorations of any English country house. In the course of our work, we have delivered over £20m worth of restoration projects to the highest standards of quality, within budget and to timescales that enable us to continue running a major independent boarding school within a Grade I listed building. Synergy Bare Leaning and Bare’s advice is always considered, timely and accurate and they are an excellent company with whom to work.”
Nick Morris, Chief Executive Officer - Stowe House Preservation Trust