Staff relocation project
The Rhodes Trust appointed Ian Bridge Consultancy to assist in the project management of a staff relocation exercise converting the existing Warden’s residential accommodation into offices at Rhodes House. The project has involved modification of fire alarm systems, power and data provision and the restoration of building elements back to their original state in this prestigious Grade II listed building.
Designed by Sir Herbert Baker and built in 1928 Rhodes House is the home of the Rhodes Trust formed to administer the Rhodes Scholarships awarded to outstanding all-round international post graduate students as determined by the will of Cecil Rhodes.
An important element of the instruction was to ensure any works didn’t compromise Rhodes House’s listed building status. This involved close consultation with the Conservation Officer involving submission of the proposed works and obtaining agreement prior to commencement on site was key to the delivery of a successful project.
Rhodes House use as a venue for prestigious events, such as weddings, and it’s mixed use as accommodation for visiting Rhodes Scholars and an administration centre for the Trust meant compliance issues around fire integrity, asbestos and means of escape required resolution.