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Guildford Society 2020 Design Awards Winner - St Nicolas Church, Guildford

We are delighted for our clients at St Nicolas Church, Guildford on taking first place in the restoration/refurbishment category of the Guildford Society 2020 Design Awards for the stunning extension to their Community Centre.

On behalf of the Parochial Church Council, Nye Saunders Ltd designed and oversaw the construction of a sensitive, modern extension to improve the community use of the 1970’s-built Centre adorning the beautiful Grade 2* Listed Church.

The 1970’s entrance lobby was single glazed, leaking, invariably dripping with condensation and in dire need of restoration. Careful planning and design were required to overcome initial resistance from Historic England and Guildford Borough Council to the original design proposals.

The images here show the Church before the works were undertaken:

The constructed works maintain a physical separation between Chapel and Community Centre, have widened the approach to the hall and provided a usable outdoor courtyard space. The improvements also provide an increased entrance area and communal milling space, with a larger kitchen area being formed.

The work accompanied the 2016/7 restoration also overseen by Nye Saunders Ltd of the Loseley Chapel which houses the More-Molyneux family tombs (Guildford Society Award 2 years ago).

The intention overall has been to improve the facilities in the Community Centre and to make the Loseley Chapel more available for Church use and for public visits.

These images show the project after completion:

Click on the link below to see Mike Staff interviewed about the project.

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