Church of Our Lady of the Assumption Restoration & Refurbishment

The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption was fortunate to welcome new leadership from a young and inspired Reverend; the Parish of St Cuthbert’s raised funds to restore the building to its former glory. MacConvilles led a project team of Parish members, Conservationists and Consultants to rejuvenate this historic structure creating a new scheme to bring the church into the 21st century.

As with many older buildings the church had fallen into disrepair due to age and lack of intuitive maintenance. Following a full building survey MacConvilles worked with the Parish to design a new brighter, more inviting and fully functioning space.Undergoing full refurbishment inside and out the brittle roof was completely stripped with insulation installed to improve energy efficiency and a new lime-based render was applied to the whole of the exterior. Now redecorated the church stands proud becoming a beacon of the community once again. The hidden gem of this project was the discovery and refurbishment of the church bell. A bell which no one knew existed. Specialist bell restorers repaired the bell and installed a new electromagnetic operated chime hammer.

PROJECT CATEGORIES

CDM & Principal Designer, Contract Administration, Principal Designer, Quantity Surveying,

ClIENT

Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

Team member

Pat Begley, Jai Bray, Charles Haywood

Programme

22 weeks

Our role

Principal Designer, Contract Administrator, Quantity Surveyor

Contractor

Corniche Construction Limited

Procurement

Traditional JCT Intermediate Contract

Alongside the installation of specialist state of the art audio equipment and energy effeciant lighting scheme the church’s heating was also completely replaced so cold winter services now a thing of the past.MacConvilles took great care to respect the original features of the church using specialist methods to preserve the architecture. The new internal colour scheme took inspiration from the historic palette but included lighter fresher tones to create a modern, bright and spacious environment. The church’s new look is overwhelming totally enhanced by the tall vaulted ceilings. Highly skilled decorators took great care in accentuating details to create a neat and eye-catching finish. Within the refurbishment disability access was included to create a more accessible and inclusive offering. The church has been transformed to provide the perfect backdrop for any wedding or special occasion and once again creates a space which can be shared and appreciated by the community.

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