Project Description: New Tea Room & Associated Works.
Contact Sum: Total Cost: £76,127.26
Contract type: JCT Minor Works Contract / approx eight weeks
Anne of Cleves house is a Grade II* Tudor property bequeathed by Henry VIII to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. It is now an eclectic museum of mostly Tudor artefacts and a popular educational facility locally. It is managed by Sussex Past and the brief entailed conversion of an existing curators flat into a cafe with tea garden, as well as a new toilet block and new exit. A new staircase was also installed to provide access to the tea shop via the ticket office to the main entrance. A new disabled ramp was also provided and the garden re-landscaped, which entailed period, 'Tudor' planting. A new oak hatch was designed for the front gate to attract visitors in from Southover High Street. The cafe and garden have proved a popular venue with locals and tourists alike, providing much needed income for Sussex Past.
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