Project: Renovation Works to the existing church
Client: Ecumenical Church Council
Contract Value: £139,000
Starting in January 2017, Helm have been set with the 10 week task of renovating the local church, St Peter's, in Pilning, Bristol.
As the building was grade 2 listed, great care was needed in order to protect its original features such as the stained glass window, the church organ and the original concrete stone slabs which needed to be removed and re-laid.
The stained glass window was boxed up and padded out for protection and the organ was carefully moved and covered with plastic sheeting to ensure it was kept in perfect condition. The original stone flooring was incredibly heavy and required 2-3 men to safely remove without damage and they were stacked up in a safe place. When the slabs were re-laid, extra care was required to ensure the stone was not damaged or chipped in any way, so as to keep the original features in as good a condition as when they were taken up.
Once complete, Pilning Church would have undergone a much needed face-lift and will feature a brand new front entrance, replacement timber flooring and new dado panelling. This will include fitted units with lighting as well as audio, visual and mechanical works, suited to 21st century congregational use. Although the church will mainly be used for worship, the hope is to extend this to include concerts and meetings. The work is expected to complete in time for the Easter celebrations.