Wood, Devon, an update

Posted on September 6th, 2011 by Charles Boot

Wood was purchased by James McDiarmid, Surgeon, in 2008 with the intention of using the property as a cosmetic surgery/beauty therapy centre. Mr McDiarmid is aware of the historic importance of Wood, which is a Grade II* listed building within a Grade I Registered historic c1904, designed landscape by Thomas Mawson, and bought the property with a view to making it a first class hospital clinic and feels he needs high quality surroundings for both operational and commercial reasons.

Consultants were reappointed to update reports previously undertaken in 2006, and to give guidance on technical issues. All necessary planning & listed building consents have been granted. In 2008 the fabric of the house and garden structures were in rapid decline, in particular a the fabric of the Tea House and the dry rot was threatening the fabric of the house, with seven substantive outbreaks scattered throughout the building.

The dry rot is gone, the roof has been repaired and 100 of the 150 windows have been repaired. As well as the roof & windows, the house has been repainted, most of the garden walls have been stabilised & some have been rebuilt, large areas of brambles & undergrowth have been cleared, the hedges have been trimmed & the lawns cut. The survey of the condition of garden buildings and structures has been updated, a tree survey has been made & a conservation plan has been prepared.

On a recent visit I was shown the work done so far, it has certainly made a huge difference to the place, Wood now has an air of care about it.

Mr McDiarmid has committed himself, and his resources, to making the project a success.

John Clark

Conservation officer

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