CRL provides warranties for 17th century manor house restoration in Lancashire

Posted by Sam Hughes Oct 7, 2016 9:32:57 AM

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Holme Hall after
Holme Hall (After)

CRL has worked with a north west developer to source structural defects insurance for a beautifully renovated Grade II listed mansion in Lancashire which has been sympathetically converted into stunning apartments.

The construction insurance specialist was selected by Berkshire Homes to work with them on the restoration of Holme Hall Manor in Cliviger which dates back to the 1700s.

A family home for more than 200 years, the building has also been a retirement home and nightclub in recent years before it was gutted in an arson attack in 2004. The southern elevation, along with many of the original period features were destroyed.

Holme Hall Manor stood empty and derelict for more than 10 years before being bought at auction by Berkshire Homes. The heritage site has now been transformed into 10 one and two-bedroom apartments with impressive views over the Cliviger Valley and a wealth of character.

CRL was appointed at the beginning of the project to source a 10-year warranty certification to protect against any future structural issues.

Harrison Kiely, sales and marketing manager for Berkshire Homes, said: “In the past we have worked with other warranty providers who are known to be notoriously difficult when working on old historic buildings.

“We approached CRL having not worked with them previously and they couldn’t have been more helpful. They simplified everything.

“They found us the best warranty for our build, worked around the Heritage England requirements, arranged for the surveyor to come to site and promptly issued the warranties once the build was complete.”

CRL were able to take the complexities of the build and assist Berkshire Homes in arranging appropriate cover that suited their requirements, allowing them to focus on this unusual restoration.

On completion of the build the 10-year structural defects insurance warranties were passed on to the new individual owners of the apartments.

Harrison said: “Without a doubt we will use CRL on all of our developments going forward. They made the whole process so easy.”

James Topping, a Customer Relationship Manager at CRL, said: “Our flexible solution of arranging the policy allowed plans for Holme Hall Manor to progress with the assurance of a warranty for the potential purchasing residents.


Holme Hall (Before)
Holme Hall (Before)

“The conversion of the existing heritage building meant Harrison and his team had a lot of restrictions placed on the build by Heritage England, we were able to take these into consideration and find a sustainable warranty solution that fitted our client’s specific requirements.


“Our flexible approach meant that we could offer them a product that ticked all the boxes and pass this on to their buyers. I have since visited the finished site and the quality and workmanship is incredible and a credit to Berkshire Homes.”


Family-run Berkshire Homes started out in 2012 building two homes in Bolton and has since gone from strength to strength with further developments underway in Whitefield, Kendal and Rawtenstall. The company which specialises in homes for first time buyers aims to develop 100 units in the next 12 months.