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Updated: Sep 29, 2022






Vale Southern Construction completed the interior fit out of a nine-bedroom property, delivering an impressive family home on the site of the former Hambledon House Hotel.

The Brief

Located in Surrey, Hambledon House is a new-build family home which sits on the site of the former Hambledon House Hotel. Following a fire that destroyed 90 per cent of the luxury hotel, the 16th-century building was demolished and replaced with the new property.

Designed in the ‘Arts and Crafts’ style, the nine-bedroom home draws influence from ‘The Lutyens Style’, featuring hipped tiled roofs, flat-roofed leaded dormers and porches, vertical tile hanging, brickwork quoins, leaded windows and gable ends.

Another contractor was appointed to complete the foundations and install the below ground drainage, brick and blockwork, roof tiles and some of the internal walls. Vale Southern was approached by the owner to take over the works after demonstrating its construction expertise at a property located nearby.

Making a house a home

Vale Southern was responsible for the interior fit out of the country residence which features a large entrance hall, drawing room, office, living room, dining room, and an open plan kitchen area with living space. Spread across two wings, the home has been designed to provide flexible family living.

On site for 28 weeks, the Vale Southern team constructed the internal walls, ceilings, flooring, and decorations throughout the property, which comprises more than 8,000 sq ft of living space across three floors.

Bespoke and specialist joinery was carried out as part of the works, including the construction of oak staircases for all three levels. High quality oak flooring also features along with ceramic, porcelain, granite and limestone tiling.

With nine bathrooms, the home required Vale Southern to install extensive sanitaryware. In addition, a wide variety of light fittings were installed, including large chandeliers in the main entrance hall.

To minimise the property’s environmental impact, two ground-source heat pumps were fitted as well as underfloor heating, and a ventilation system with heat recovery.

Externally, Vale Southern delivered significant landscaping improvements, creating formal gardens, a terraced planted border, and planting trees.

Achieving the highest standards

To meet the specific needs of all stakeholders, including the homeowner, architect, interior designer and specialist suppliers, communication was key to the success of the project. Vale’s ability to co-ordinate effectively with all parties and keep them informed, ensured the works were completed on schedule and to the highest standards.

Homeowner Michaela Palaniappan said:

“Overall, we were extremely happy with the quality of Vale's work, and the client experience of working with them. They are dedicated to quality and they listen and respond to client needs. We built the house as a family so there were multiple decision makers, and we didn't always agree! Vale were patient and constructive in working with us. They go above and beyond in meeting unusual briefs, responding to client requests and providing guidance on how best to manage a new build project in the round. Would highly recommend them for your building project.”


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