Bob the Builder Calls in Faithful+Gould

Dale Potts
Neil Morrissey, the voice of children’s TV show Bob the Builder, has turned to project and cost consultant Faithful+Gould for expert support on major refurbishment projects in two pubs and hotels he co-owns.

First, Faithful+Gould, which has its regional office in Aztec West, Bristol, pulled out all the stops to ensure that refurbishment of the New Three Mariners public house in Laugharne, West Wales, could be completed in less than five weeks from work starting on site, and only eight weeks after the company was appointed as project manager, quantity surveyor and planning supervisor.

Laugharne is the Carmarthenshire seaside town where playwright Dylan Thomas lived for many years.

Working with Midas Construction, Wyn Walters of Faithful+Gould oversaw the transformation of the Grade II listed building from a dark and dingy 1970s style pub into a light modern bar with a distinct maritime theme. The building was gutted back to bare stone, and oak beams, fireplaces and stone walls restored to their original state. The addition of a new bar, oak floor, conservatory, kitchen and toilets has brought the pub up to modern day standards.

The pub was bought by Hurst House Farm Ltd, which is co-owned by Neil Morrissey and business partner Matt Roberts. Neil Morrissey starred in the long-running Men Behaving Badly series, and the Eustace Brothers, and is also currently appearing in BBC TVs Carrie and Barry.

Faithful+Gould has now been appointed to project manage the refurbishment of the duo’s four-star Hurst House Hotel, also in Laugharne. The £4 million project will redevelop Hurst House from a six-bed to a 28-bed hotel with leisure facilities, cinema, kitchen and dining expansion. Bedrooms will be themed with individual designs, and the redevelopment has been carefully considered to incorporate sustainable and 'green' innovations into the designs wherever possible.

Faithful+Gould’s Niall Sloan said "It is important that we manage the project in a way that is sympathetic to the environment and the regulatory bodies, while incorporating the vision of the designer." Work on Hurst House is scheduled to commence early 2005 and is intended to be completed in 2006.