Pentaco Construction Ltd has started on site at Ogilvie Hall in Thorpeness, Suffolk. The hall was built in 1925 by Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie. He was a Scottish barrister who had made his money designing railways around the world, he bought a large area of land along the Suffolk coast and developed Thorpeness into a private fantasy holiday village, to which he invited his friends’ and colleagues’ families during the summer months. He built a country club with tennis courts and a swimming pool, a golf course and clubhouse. He built Ogilvie Hall to allow him to stage his own plays. More recently the building has been used as a sports and social club but has been vacant since 2011.
The Hall, which was built in the Tudor Revival style, is to be converted into five high quality residential dwellings comprising three four-bed units and two three-bed units. The main hall will be split ‘vertically’ with a new floor inserted to provide three units at ground and first floor level. The existing accommodation within the east gable will be divided to provide two units over basement ground first and second floor. The project is due for completion at the end of November 2013.