Lloyd Bore, in conjunction with AT Palmers Ltd, have been working on behalf of Maidstone Mencap Charitable Trust to support them restore their building.
The former church is situated just inside the boundary of Mote Park, which is home to an abundance of wildlife including bats. AT Palmers Ltd have created new bat roosting areas in the roof by providing gaps under tiles.
During the bat survey, Senior Ecologist Sam Durham, said “we recorded several bat species during our survey. Most were either foraging or flying overhead. We recorded one common pipistrelle bat roost in one part of the building. But this part was not being impacted by works. Mencap and AT Palmers avoided impacts to the roost and were keen to create new bat roosting opportunities. It’s great we have been able to work together to protect a bat roost and to deliver a net ecological enhancement.”
AT Palmers Ltd said “it has been a pleasure working at Cobtree Hall for Maidstone MENCAP Charitable Trust. The strength of AT Palmer Ltd lies with its skilled and dedicated workforce. Renovation of historic buildings is a sensitive process requiring experience and expertise."
Repairs were made to the stone walls. Damaged and eroded copings and decorative stone coining’s were repaired or replaced. The leaking roof was repaired and a new ridge laid. New gutters and downpipes were fitted. Timber repairs were carried out and external windows decorated. "We worked alongside the Senior Ecologist to maintain the integrity of the bat roost."
The old church, which has served Maidstone Mencap for over 40 years, looks almost as good as new! Maidstone Mencap run a Playschool and various Clubs for children aged 5-25 with a learning difficulty or disability. Staff and service users will all benefit from the restoration and Maidstone Mencap would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have raised funds for this much-needed work.
Sarah Heath of the trust said “Maidstone Mencap are thrilled with how the project has progressed. We have not only created a lovely new building for all our wonderful service users, but a cosy home for our resident bats too! Lloyd Bore and AT Palmers have worked sympathetically to our budget, building and time constraints. We are pleased that due to the efforts of AT Palmer Ltd and the generosity of Lloyd Bore the total project cost will come in under budget. We couldn't have asked for more.”