St Swithun’s, a wonderful Grade I listed parish church in Long Bennington, has had ongoing challenges with the condition of the building, but we were very excited to hear that they have been awarded an HLF Development Grant for identifying the urgent repairs. We attended the official announcement with the PCC last week that signalled the start of the project.
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…
We have worked on a number of historic and listed buildings that are no longer needed for the use that they were intended, as is the case at two of our current projects – Boston Sessions House and Bourne Town Hall. These large imposing former court-houses have been unoccupied for a number of years, making them very vulnerable.
I was very impressed by the turn out for the talk that I gave at St Thomas’ Church this week – considering it was the first sign of snow and the wind was biting – in fact more than a couple of people who turned up had said they were thinking should they or shouldn’t they, but were pleased that they had!
People often assume that as architects we design the whole building, which we do, but we are very often asked to re-design just the insides too. Very often people still love the house that they live in or its location, but the flow or the feel of the building doesn’t suit their needs like it did when they first brought it. Growing families, or the way we live means that our needs change.
Employed by Historic England and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council we have been tasked with the conservation and subsequent repair of the column and I’m very excited to be starting work on our tallest building to date (excluding churches!).
Unfortunately miss matched additions over time can change the feel of a building and, what starts out as lovely, can become a rather ‘ugly duckling’. It’s sometimes difficult to see the potential in a building like this, but very often, with a few changes, it can easily become a ‘beautiful swan’.
It was lovely to attend the Benefice Communion and Re-Dedication Service for the project undertaken at St James Church in Moulton Chapel on Sunday where Bishop Nicholas gave a thought provoking talk on the true purpose of the church. This has been a very special, if somewhat unpredictable project and small was definitely not easier in this case!!