Project Description

CLIENT: Goodwood

PROJECT: Gordon Rooms


SMD are proud to be resident surveyor for the Goodwood estate. Both the racecourse and the motor circuit are busy all year round, with 19 days of horse racing from May to October and various track days and driving experiences at the circuit. Within the motor circuit is Goodwood Aerodrome, a historic airfield that was used extensively during WWII when it was known as RAF Westhampnett. Several historic aircraft continue to be housed at the Aerodrome, including two Spitfires and a Harvard. Goodwood's 12,000 acre estate is home to a 91 room hotel and a 18th century clubhouse that once housed the Duke of Richmond’s hunting hounds. The most recent addition to the estate is Hound Lodge, a luxurious 10-bedroom country retreat with its own butler and private chef. At the heart of it all sits Goodwood House, set in picturesque parkland and home to the 11th Duke of Richmond and his family.


We provided Contract Administration and Quantity Surveying Services for the refurbishment of the Grade I Listed Gordon Rooms. The project was procured as a ‘contract management’ process with SMD preparing all the tenders for the packages of works and delivering them on site and overseeing settlement of the final account. The Gordon Rooms provide modern offices facilities in a sympatheticly refurbished building, with the central light fittings within the entrance hall being the main feature.

Project Detail

  • £1.0m Project Cost
  • Refurbishment
  • Key Facilities; Commercial Offices
  • Grade I Listed Building
  • Design Team; Ptolemy Dean Architects
  • Contractors; Clarke Roofing, NH Builders

Project Brief

The brief from the client was simple, to convert the 19th Century Grade I listed building into modern office accommodation for the staff of Goodwood Estate. The works consisted of a complete refurbishment including replacing and upgrading the thermal qualities of the existing roof, refurbishment of the existing timber windows, new mechanical and electrical services throughout to provide state of the art offices, meeting rooms, toilets and kitchen facilities.

Project Solution / Outcome

This was a challenging project as is often the case with refurbishment projects. Many unforeseen items arose during the project, like the discovery of original timber beams and original brickwork. The scope of works was changed during the project to encompass these elements within the project, offering a mix of old and new styles. The project was delivered within programme and on budget.