The Dower House

Project completed: 2016
Privately funded
Architect: ADAM Architecture, London

The Brief

The complete renovation of a large listed building in a conservation neighbourhood, surrounded by stunning gardens and overlooking Melbourne Pool. To include the demolition of a 1960’s wing and the construction of a large two floor extension, a full roof replacement, the creation of a bespoke library, a new ground floor morning room with stone façade and atrium and multiple repairs due to deathwatch beetle.


FMB Master Builder of the Year 2017,
national winner for Heritage

FMB Master Builder of the Year 2017,
national winner for Large Renovation

Civic Society Highly Commended 2016

Comments from the client

The work was managed with authority, outstanding craftsmanship, close attention to detail and deep understanding of client’s and planning authority’s requirements. For these reasons we have already recommended Alan Staley’s services.

Griselda Kerr, Owner

Comments from the architect

The work carried out by ASBC on The Dower House cannot be praised highly enough. They were professional, efficient, careful and understanding. They managed the client and their expectations perfectly and were a pleasure to work with. Their understanding of traditional techniques of construction and ability to apply this to historic buildings was some of the best that we have experienced and would not pause to recommend them fully on future work to listed or historic buildings and monuments

Robbie Kerr