A Dorset Company that Welcomes a Challenge

There are companies which like things to be easy – and those who enjoy a bit of a challenge! You could say that David Fennings Conservatories belongs in the latter category – because while the Dorset-based business happily deals with standard budget models welcoming all enquiries, their experienced team really enjoys tackling ambitious, demanding projects – the bigger the better.

One recent challenge was a two storey project: a hardwood conservatory constructed onto a home that although modern, had been designed with all the traditional features of a farmhouse/barn. The house was built on land previously owned by the Crichel Estate and on the site of the old Witchampton Mill. It is beside a small river which once powered the Mil and is now home to an abundance of wildlife, including fish, otters, kingfishers, herons and egret.

“The construction was complex, in that we needed to go as deep as the river bed and break through steel reinforced concrete, which had been buried when the old mill was demolished,” managing director David Fennings explained.

“The property is in a Conservation Area and as you might expect, the developers, together with the Crichel Estate and local planning authority, exercised a strict covenant and criteria for the overall design.”

“For support and structural stability a complex steel portal framework was initially constructed, set onto steel reinforced concrete pads and foundations. Although traditional features were employed in the conservatory and the house, modern technology was introduced. This included underfloor heating, solar reflective and thermally-efficient glass, thermostatically-controlled opening roof vent and a porcelain tiled floor.”

David admitted that it was a very challenging project, but it has proven to be a very successful one, thanks to his company’s team of skilled, experienced professionals.


The company, established in its present location for more than 25 years but with four decades of continuous trading under its belt, offers its services to both commercial and domestic customers and its extensive range includes Entrance and Bi-fold doors, Windows, Conservatories, Sun/garden Rooms and Tiled Home Extensions. Hardwood, PVC or Architectural Aluminium are all available.

Although many jobs are much more straightforward than the two storey conservatory in a Conservation Area, the company brings the same thorough approach and attention to detail regardless of the size or complexity of the project, beginning always with some patient discussion followed by professional guidance on all aspects of the job.

David said: “Given our long experience, we are aware of the folly of people rushing into hasty decisions on any project. We also understand how important it has become to provide the most comprehensive service possible – so we can undertake the entire project from initial consultation, design, planning permission through baseworks and construction, to the finishing touches, including lighting, air-conditioning, heating (including under-floor), tiles, blinds and external landscaping.

“We even offer a range of quality cane furniture and furnishings,” he added.

As this superb two storey project demonstrates, the company can provide customers with invaluable guidance and practical help on all planning issues, and because of its rural location, has developed a great deal of experience regarding the detail required where Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas, AONB (Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Flood Risk Assessment or similar are concerned.

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