Architects who share your attention to detailBehind every one of our projects there are numerous interesting stories about the people, what they do with their building and the good causes they are linked with. In this news section we bring you the stories behind these buildings…
I have always considered Continuing Professional Development (CPD) an important part of my career development and realise that I have a duty not only to my profession, but also to my clients, to undertake as a minimum the required number of hours set by the professional bodies that I am associated with.
We have been taken on as church architects to the wonderful St Mary Magdalene Church in Whitgift. This Grade I listed church, has a mystery behind its clock. Installed in 1919 to mark the end of World War 1, with the inscription ‘IN TERRA PAX’ Peace on Earth, you have to do a double take to see if you are seeing things, but if you see roman numerals for 13 instead of 12 you are not mistaken.
It was a beautiful service of celebration and thanksgiving at St Thomas a Becket Church, Tugby when we joined them for their grand opening on Sunday 4th June following the completion of the extensive tower repairs and internal re-ordering. The Right Reverend Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester gave a wonderful sermon of thanks for the changes, which was followed by wine and refreshments.
We had a situation this week that we‘ve never had to tackle on this scale before when we were invaded by a swarm of bees at a church project that we are in the midst of …. and we’re not talking a small swarm, it’s approximately 25,000 bees!
Tugby church tower roof was in urgent need of repair and the PCC decided to make an application to the HLF for funding. In line with the HLF Grant application, the PCC were granted a contribution to improvements within the church by way of a small internal re-ordering scheme, which included a new toilet in the base of the tower and kitchen facilities within the west end of the church.
Looking to support the local Harley Gallery with their ‘Brick Wonders’ exhibition by Warren Elsmore, we agreed to take part in their ‘Beat the Architect’ challenge once again. It’s a great opportunity to be able to talk to the keen, eager, excited, animated, enthusiastic children (and their parents and grandparents!) about the route into architecture and the different jobs that relate to the role. I think many have this image of me sitting at my drawing board all day and are very surprised at the different tasks that I undertake.
Principal and Quinquennial Architect to this magnificent Grade I, internationally and locally, renowned church in Chesterfield, we are working with the church to preserve it for the future. The Parish Church is the largest in Derbyshire and is famous for its crooked spire, attracting visitors from around the world. St Mary and All Saints have appointed us to help develop the built heritage and to maximise its potential for the mission of the Church.
Owning a listed building can come with a number of challenges and if you are fortunate enough to own one then you may well be aware of some of them! If you are an historic building owner, then you will want to ensure that it is well maintained so that you are able to enjoy the benefits that it brings. It is therefore very important that when considering repairs or alterations that you seek professional advice.