Esh Property Services brings modern comforts to historic County Durham residential care home

Esh Property Services, an Esh Group company, has been appointed by Sherburn House Charity to reinvigorate the interior of the house, which is now a care home for the elderly.

Along with specialist contractors, the Esh teams will completely update the 60 rooms, dining rooms, corridors and library within the home, as well as replace its heating system. The work is expected to take two years to complete and will be delivered over six phases, in which residents will be moved out temporarily to accommodate the works.

Colin Ford, construction director at Esh Property Services, said:

“Sherburn House is an impressive building with a rich history behind it. The interior needs updating to do justice to this elegant home, and provide better comfort to the residents. Esh is skilled at projects like this which require extensive works fitted around the people as they continue to enjoy their home.”

Part of the project will see Esh work with contractors to build a plant room to accommodate a temporary heating system while Sherburn House’s existing one is entirely replaced. In addition, windows will be replaced, rooms re-plastered, repairs made to fixtures and fittings and redecoration will be carried out. Sherburn House’s conservatory will be removed and replaced with a bespoke timber orangery for residents to enjoy.

The entire project is being meticulously planned to bring minimal disruption to the running of the care home. A traffic management plan is also in place to allow for deliveries supporting Esh Group’s work.

Sherburn Hospital was founded in 1181 by the medieval Bishop Hugh Pudsey of Durham to care for 65 lepers and survived the dissolution of the monasteries.



After months of planning we are delighted to finally start work with EPS to upgrade the building's services and facilities. Residents and their families are looking forward to the improvements the refurbishment will bring and the charity trustees have every confidence that by undertaking this work now we will be able to add years to the life of the building so as to continue to meet the needs of older people in Durham and the surrounding area for many years to come.

Pauline Bishop, Chief Executive, Sherburn House Charity