Opco begins £1.2m Buckfastleigh agricultural barns conversion

South Wales construction firm opco has started work on a £1.2m farmhouse and barns conversion at Buckfastleigh, Devon.

The fourteen week project will see opco convert the house and three barns at St Boniface House, into modern, hi tech offices for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth.

The work when completed, will deliver a total of 8,942 sq ft of new office space which will house the Bishop’s Curial Offices for the administration of the Diocese.

Regional Director Bruce Macdonald, said: “The work we’re undertaking involves the conversion of the listed house and three substantial barns and fit out to provide first class, state of the art and distinctive, modern office accommodation in an historic agricultural setting. The project also involves ancillary works and mains services modifications as well as drainage.

“The collection of very aesthetically pleasing stone built buildings were originally converted from agricultural barns to premises suitable for office fit-out, including structural modifications and we will be taking the process a whole lot further.”

Project Managers for the scheme are Jones Lang LaSalle, the Structural Engineer are John Grimes and M&E are Amber Management.
We have recently completed the Becton Dickinson £1.8m new Cobalt Irradiator project and have just commenced the upgrade of the existing manufacturers facility for the repeat client at £800K. In addition to this opco have completed the £3m fit out at Cardiff’s iconic St David’s shopping centre; a £3.5m redevelopment of the National Museum of Wales Upper West Wing galleries and Pinbrook Recycling centre Exeter for £1.3m, the client being Devon county council.

opco is currently working on a £4.1m development of 16 apartments and four town houses at Porthminster Hotel, St Ives Bay, Cornwall, a new £2m brewery for Hall & Woodhouse in Dorset and a £500,000 Frankie & Benny restaurant at the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet in Bridgend as well as a 90 bedroom, £3.1m Travelodge hotel in Balham, South London.
opco has a forward order book of some £40m and employs 70 staff from its offices in Cardiff and Exeter.