The United Reformed Church is a non-designated heritage asset and is considered to have local heritage significance.
The intention of the proposals was to convert the former URC Church at Burton Joyce into two, three bedroom private dwellings up to Planning Permission.
The proposals looked to repair and conserve the historic fabric and to re-use and retain the currently vacant former Church Hall and Church with the conversion into two residential units. Externally we looked to demolish the modern extension and provide a new contemporary extension to provide living accommodation responding to the change in level to the rear. We retained the historic stone tracery and dressings and the single entrance main elevation by removing the doors to create an open entrance porch to both dwellings.
On the ground floor and to retain the character of the internal spaces, the sub-division was largely open plan living spaces and we retained an element of double height space to the sanctuary to avoid the first floor clashing with the large gable window. The new first floor accommodation to both areasaccessed from internal timber stairs provides three bedrooms and a master bedroom with ensuite.
The impact upon the heritage from the changes has been limited through careful design.The external elevations was to be repaired and conserved where necessary. The rear extension used complimentary materials in a contemporary way to provide access to the lower levels at the rear of the site. Internally the additional floors were positioned to have minimal impact on the main areas of glazing and the internal partitions were set out to try and retain a feel of the original space while meeting the needs of a modern dwelling.
Overall these changes allowed for the conservation, repair and sensitive upgrades to what was an empty building at risk of deterioration to the physical fabric. They enabled the re-use and retention of an undesignated heritage asset of local interest and are crucial to its sustainable long-term future as it is unlikely that in a village as well served as Burton Joyce to find alternative community uses.
The proposals provide modern standards of accommodation without compromising the site’s historic integrity and readability as a former chapel and whilst protecting its historic character, the changes proposed were part of the evolving story of the building.