USL have extensive experience working with Local Authorities, County Councils, City Councils, District Councils, Borough Councils and other public institutions.
With decades of experience, USL has been collaborating with Local Authorities to provide a comprehensive range of refurbishment, restoration, conversion and construction services.
Improving facilities and historical landmarks for local governments goes a long way. Not only does it replenish and rejuvenate an area. It provides high levels of satisfaction to those living and working in close proximity. We have extensive experience in delivering solutions for historical conservation, refurbishments, extensions and conversion projects for Local Authorities which improve local environment, attract investment, tourism and raise the quality of life.
Our extensive project experience includes a vast array of works such as; public buildings, offices, council parks, heritage centres, libraries, cemeteries, chapels, memorials, monuments, historic walls, town gates, fountains, galleries and other places of historic interest. View our project references below for both historical and more recent projects.
Public Buildings, Development and Conversion Projects
Whilst much of our work has been in restoration, our expertise across construction and conversion projects means we can deliver such works on any kind of publicly owned property.
USL is proud to deliver a streamlined service that cuts out multiple layers of construction management and ensures our clients get exactly what they need, with projects carried out regularly across London and the Home Counties. We boast strong in-house expertise with our vast workshop in Essex.
With a strong understanding of the political, financial and time pressures affecting many local councils and other government departments, we are proud to do our bit to support our essential institutions, our cultural and social heritage, as we working together to delivery wider social value initiatives and the economic aspirations for local communities.
Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk
USL carried out the extensive conservation works to Greyfriars Tower, King’s Lynn along with the re-landscaping of the surrounding gardens.
Greyfriars Tower, a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument, is one of Norfolk’s most important historic buildings. The project received several awards, including the 2007 RIBA Eastern Region Heritage Award.
London Borough of Waltham Forest
William Morris Gallery is Morris's former family home, the 18th-century Water House in Walthamstow. Restoration works involved dismantling and rebuilding of the front stone cornice, joinery repairs, overhaul of roof slopes, leadwork and sensitive redecoration.
The Borough of Broxbourne
USL were pleased to be appointed as Conservation Principal Contractor to carry out the repairs to masonry, to conserve upstanding brick walls, and to conserve the flint arch and adjoining walls and fences of this ancient monument within Cedars Park. The project included extensive clearing of vegetation, reconstruction of top course to walls and brickwork repairs. The park remained fully operational to the public during restoration.
Colchester Borough Council
As Principal Contractor, USL carried out various masonry repairs and conservation services to SAMs located within the castle park including: ‘Ha Ha’ Wall & shelter, Greys Summer House, Rangers Office & Cabin, Cowdrays & Rye Gates, War Memorial, Entrance Piers and Bell Shed. Careful planning and programming of the works allowed for minimal disruption to the members of the public as the park remained open.
Woking Borough Council
USL carried out the restoration of the Grade II Listed standing remains of the former military burial ground at Horsell Common in Woking, returning the site to its original appearance as built in 1917. The restoration project included DOFF cleaning of all brick and stonework to remove graffiti. Conservation mortar repairs to stonework as well as repointing. Notably the design and installation of new copper finial to the doomed roof of the pavilion.
Guildford Borough Council
USL carried out the essential conservation and repairs of the standing ruined masonry walls of this Grade I Listed, 13th Century, Scheduled Ancient Monument. Our team replaced defective stones, repointed, grouted voids in the masonry, installed lime mortar weathering fillets as well as installed bronze support bars to voussoirs.
Warwick District Council
USL carried out the masonry and hard landscaping works for the 'Elephant Circle' seat sculpture, by Nicholas Dimbleby, in Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
Leamington has a unique connection to elephants, as the first elephant trainer in England was Sam Lockhart, born to a circus family in Leamington in 1850. Sam brought three elephants back from Ceylon and taught them tricks. His circus was a grand building by the River Leam.
As principal contractor, USL undertook a variety of essential restoration works at Upnor Castle including replacement of eroded stones, repairs and repointing. The river level works were expertly carried out between tides in four-hour shifts using St. Astier hydraulic lime mortar incorporating ‘Prompt’, a special additive to promote curing in water environments.
Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk
USL carried out conservation repairs and consolidation of the historic fabric of Red Mount Chapel (Grade I Listed & SAM) within the historic urban park ‘The Walks’ in the heart of King’s Lynn. The late 15th century chapel is of unique importance as a wayside chapel for pilgrims on their way to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (built in 1483-5 by Robert Curraunt). Conservation works comprised of; masonry repairs, reinstatement of lead and copper roofs, carpentry works and reconstruction of the lower chapel vaulted entrance.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) lead an exciting landscape and heritage restoration project to relink, repair and bring to life the landscape surrounding the magnificent historic Deepdene estate in Dorking, Surrey.
USL are extremely pleased to have worked in partnership with the (MVDC) over the years and on ‘Deepdene Grotto and Embattled Tower’. The USL team carried out restoration work to the Victorian ‘Grotto’ once used as munition storage during the war, steps leading to a ‘Temple’ (that no longer exists) and Embattled Tower. The remains of a bigger ‘Folly’ originally creating the idea of a medieval castle overlooking the landscaped garden.