Project information

Mess Hut replacement

To replace the main building which is over 50 years old and no longer suitable for purpose.

September 2017 - March 2018

Charity information: The Great Wood Trust

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  • Need


    Providing high quality accommodation for outdoor education.


    Replacing an ageing building with a purpose designed oak frame main building which is appropriate to a rural location in the Quantock Forest.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Replace an out of date main building.


    » Planning permission has been obtained. The next step is to appoint a contractor to build to our architect's design.

    What success will look like

    by the use of suitably qualified professionals - architect, quantity surveyor etc.

  • Impact


    The new building is expected to have an effective useful if of 100 years.
    The plans have been prepared in detailed consultation with our main users.


    Usual risks associated with a major building project.

    The employment of appropriate professional advisers.


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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £774,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £113,000 fees planning, design, QS, architect etc
      £600,000 build cost oak frame building to highest specification
      £11,000 furnishings tables, chairs, desks etc
      £50,000 kitchen modern design with all appropriate equipl
  • Background


    Great Wood is situated at Adscombe in the Quantock Forest, Somerset. It is surrounded by Forestry Commission managed woodland and is an idyllic location for outdoor education.


    approximately 2000 school children during term time and 300 children during school holidays.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because we own the site at Great Wood.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andy Bennett

    Site Manager

    John Simmons

    Trustee overseeing the project

    John Pace

    Appointed architect