Plonks Farm, Shamley Green

New build games room, gym, sauna, bar and cinema room.

About the project

The family wanted a new entertaining space and gym and we were keen to convert a historic bothy on site at their listed property in the heart of Shamley Green, Surrey. Unfortunately, on closer inspection the existing building was not structurally sound and so we set about redesigning the project to demolish and rebuild a sympathetic new build in keeping with all the character and charm of the original building. We use Ham Hill Stone and hand made bricks to add age and character and salvaged and reclaimed materials where possible including the roof tiles and interior oak details. A mixture of period steel frame and timber casement windows was a nod to the original building with an exact replica door being bespoke made off site.

The project required a high end spec and has seen the use of some top end finishes throughout from the air dried oak, gold leaf glass tiles to the copper bar top and carbon fibre hammer head shark sculpture installation!

    What we did

    • Project Management
    • Construction and structural design
    • Demolition
    • Enabling works
    • Temporary Works
    • Extensive structural works
    • Construction
    • Bespoke Oak structures
    • Oak Stairs
    • New smart heating installation
    • Under-floor heating
    • Smart Electrical and lighting installation
    • AV and IT installation
    • High end kitchen
    • Air Source Heat pump and Air Con installation
    • Oak, porcelain and rubber flooring
    • Sauna build
    • Driveway and landscaping
    • Decoration

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    What our customers say about us

    Jane Gallacher
    The workman who did the job was so polite and courteous and never assumed anything, he always asked before doing anything.
    neil bouette
    Tom and his team are excellent to work with - great fun, kind, careful, and willing to go the extra mile to make things right. They understood the vision for our unique project and added their own ideas to make it special. They gave a clear quote that they stuck to. The few extras that did arise were agreed in a fair and open way. The team worked around any challenges quickly and provided innovative solutions. I felt I had their full attention and no problem was too tricky. The smart technology they installed along with air-source heat pump and AC has given an extra dimension. The quality of the final build was great, both inside features and the stonework outside. I enjoyed working with Tom and would highly recommend Alco.
    Elspeth O'donnell
    A difficult job working between 2 flats but the men were very considerate and lined up each trade as the jobs progressed. This was the second major work ALCO had done for us, and I would use them again.
    David Woodman
    Choosing Alco to work on a recent refurbishment was one of the best decisions we made for quite some time. Although I’m a keen DIYer I knew that knocking new doorways in load-bearing walls needed professional expertise. Alco certainly have that & the other work, a new partition wall & replacement coving to match the original Victorian coving was excellent. The men were highly professional & a pleasure to work with. We have other refurbishment projects in the pipeline & wouldn’t dream of using any other builders.
    Ben Knight
    We undertook a very extensive, root-and-branch development of house in 2017 for which Tom and his team took on and managed from beginning to end. In around 14 weeks they completely stripped back and rebuilt our home from top to bottom including completely replacing all plumbing and wiring, knocking through structural wall (involving the lagest RSJ i've ever seen), tanking one area of the house, a new dormer, removing and replacing the staircase in a new configuration, building a garage, re-configuring every floor, up to all the decorative work. Across this time we had almost no friction at all with Tom or his team (which is amazing given the scope and significance of this project to us) and Tom was a thoughtful guide who not only delivered the work excellently but also pro-actively encouraged us to consider elements to optimise the build to the point that, 4 years later, we wouldn't change a thing about the way we did it. Tom and the Alco team have many great qualities but the 2 that stand out most to us is the energy with which they attacked the build - we often had 7 or 8 different trades on site working to complete the work on schedule, and Tom's wonderful attention to detail which ensured the highest level of finish (on one occasions i found Tom himself changing the screws in a set of door hinges so they all matched - something i would never have even noticed). Alco are an extremely safe pair of hands for any project - I can't recommend them highly enough
    mick smith
    Tom and his team are professional and thorough, good service at a fair price. What you want and need from people working on your home
    Rachael Balls
    Lee Graffham
    Couldn’t recommend ALCO more highly, helped me and my wife to extend and create our home in Witley sticking to our budget and to a high quality finish. Tom and his staff are hard workers, friendly and never once phased bye any issues or alterations to our build during or after completion. Have since recommended ALCO to friends and family after our good experience of working with them and will continue to do so in the future too, thank you Tom and all the staff at ALCO.
    Rebecca Crosweller
    ALCO did a fantastic and most professional job on our project from start to finish. It was a complex build with lots of unknowns owing to the age of the property, but the team were creative and proactive throughout. We really felt like we got to know everyone well, and that's because Tom and his team are so personable and take such pride in their work. Highly recommend!
    Volodymyr Bochkor
    Good company ! They always pay their supplies on time .