Work was completed on the Chapel House in December 2013, and an Open Day was held in January 2014 to give members of the community an opportunity to see first-hand the transformation that has taken place. This was well attended, with many positive comments and feedback. A tenancy for the property was secured soon after, and the Chapel House is now a new, family home.
The two ancient Sycamore trees in the Chapel House garden were felled and removed, making the site safer and providing space for a garden area.
At the start of this year, work began in earnest in the former Chapel interior. The balcony had already been reconfigured, making a useful area for meetings and displays, as well as retaining an important feature of the Chapel’s history. The windows have been repaired and renovated. Two reclaimed cast iron supports have been sourced and installed under the balcony in order to make room for a reception desk
After consultation with Headland Design, the final layout of the Centre’s exhibition area was agreed, and the electrical system was adapted to suit. Underfloor heating has been installed and commissioned, together with an air re-circulating system, using some of the original Chapel features.
There has been a considerable amount of work involved in dry lining and insulating the external walls, involving painstaking attention to detail around the windows, and partition walls have been created to provide a media room and storage area.
The artist’s studio rooms have been completed, together with a tea station and disabled facilities, and this studio will become operational in the early summer.
This part of the project reached its conclusion at the end of March 2014. There will be some outstanding work to address and the Trustees are actively pursuing funding for this purpose.
June Newman, the Project Manager said, 'My utmost thanks go to John Bolton, contractor-in-chief, for his absolute dedication to this project and his willingness to go the extra mile in order to address detail. The pride he has taken in the work will be a lasting testament to the future of the Centre'.
Please see photographs below and more photos in the Photo Gallery by clicking this link.
Please note there will be an open days at the chapel on Saturday May 17th 10.30am until 1pm, and Sunday June 15th 10am until 2pm. Please come and look at the work done so far and see images of what the centre will look like once it opens. Trustees will be on hand to answer questions. We hope to see you there.