Re-ordering and extension of Grade I Listed Church
Acanthus Clews Architects were appointed to reorder, repair and extend the 12th Century, Grade I Listed Church. The brief to improve accessibility throughout and to provide new facilities and flexible spaces for multiple uses with the goal to reinforce connections and better serve the wider community. The reordering works include the installation of an underfloor heating system with a new breathable stone floor laid on a ‘Limecrete” construction.
Within the Chancel, the choir stalls were removed and the Rood screen relocated, creating a recital space on a new stone Dais, and new altar. The font was moved to the North Aisle, and throughout the Church, the pews and stalls were replaced with purpose made chairs and stackable timber benches. The exterior of the Church has been greatly improved by the removal of the cement render and the repair and repointing of the historic flint walling.
The extension to house new facilities and two multi function rooms is located to the south of the Church over the footprint of a historic cloister. The extension is connected to the main body of the Church via the re-opened and raised Nuns’ Doorway. The new building has a lightweight glulam timber post and beam frame supporting the oak and lime render wall panels and the standing seam zinc roof. The design incorporates sustainable construction methods and building materials throughout and a passive solar driven ventilation system.