Following many years of repairs, we have finally started the total renovation of our 176 year old Roof and Gutters. In phase one we renovated the south elevation which involved dismantling and rebuilding the whole of the parapet and relining the gutter, replacing all the rainwater fittings and providing a gutter overflow system. In phase two we are similarly renovating the whole north elevation plus repairing and reslating the main roof. We are also updating the whole of out security light systrem, and installing a new kitchenette in the upper lounge. This work could not have been carried out without the help of a £250,000 grant from the 'National Lottery Heritage Fund' for which we are very grateful. You can see the scope of the task in the following pictures.
Start of the renovation - a 20 week project
North side roof at the start of stripping the old slates and refelting
South side roof stripped and refelted
South side slating started
And slating completed - we have half a new roof!
And so we have a new roof, good for the next 100 years
Meanwhile the emergency lighting and lower lounge lighting has been upgraded to the latest LED units
with new emergency lighting in the upper lounge, in church
and on the fire escape.
The slating work is now complete and new downspouts fitted. The last of the pointing is finished and at long last we have a new and water-tight roof
At the same time, the upper lounge has been reordered by removing a redundant bar and dumb waiter and installing a new kitchenette. This work is now completed and both lounges have been equiped with new chairs and tables.
The new Kitchenette
With many grateful thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and our generous congregation