Building Wildwood Livery - Alfold 2012 - 2016
Kenward Groundworks have helped me build an exciting new commercial livery yard over the last few years. With their in-depth knowledge of equestrian needs and requirements, they have fulfilled their role brilliantly.
Initially, they installed the concrete pad for stage one of the stable block, carrying out all the necessary groundwork, ensuring the correct concrete was used, installing all the necessary drainage, gulley's and water supply. The stables were subsequently installed by the suppliers.
Stage two, consisted of extending the existing stable block, ensuring that the stables would look and feel as if they were designed as one unit. The drainage and water supply was extended. They worked around the livery yard with the horses, staff and riders all effortlessly at ease. At the same time, being mindful of the activities of a commercial yard.
Later, they installed a typical manure bay using sleepers and steel uprights and a concrete floor. They helped choose the best location, taking into account access to and from the stables, drainage and lorry collection. For such a small thing, there is a fair bit to think about and Kenward really helped.
Three years ago they installed a 20 x 60 arena. Again, they help in deciding the best location, and gave advice prior to planning permission which proved invaluable. The land is on clay so this meant we needed to make sure drainage would work well. I am pleased to say, we have never had any flooding. There have been some particularly wet winters over the last few years and there has been no hint of flooding or freezing of the surface. The post and rail fencing was installed by Kenward. Small things, like the entrance gate and catches were installed thinking about the horse and rider.
Finally, in 2016, Kenward have completed the groundwork for an oak framed storage barn with day facilities for staff and riders alike. This included extensive drainage, klargester installation, water supply, electricity, waste, telephone supplies. This was no easy task as the electric ducting, water supply and telephone needed to be sourced all the way back to the main road, a distance of around 300 metres. The guys working on site were really good and whilst there was a lot of construction work, vehicle movement they integrated well with the yard, horses and staff. They were very considerate all the time. The work sounds quite straightforward once completed, but during the construction stage, there is so much to think about. Kenward would have regular site meetings to discuss the project, any recommendations or changes they felt necessary. As part of the construction, Kenward built a new 100 metre access drive for the barn. This was essential for access vehicles during construction, and later, access for the staff and riders. This has been built in a manner that makes it feel soft and gentle rather than a straight piece of tarmac that would otherwise stand out against the backdrop of a rural environment.
This is all the work Kenward have carried out on my behalf. Later this year, subject to planning permission, they will be installing the base for the 5-6 horse walker. This will hopefully be the final stage of building a commercial livery yard.
Many thanks for all your hard work, advice and support.