Development of the Welsh Presbyterian Church in Waterloo has reached a critical stage with all restoration and repair works complete.
The 11 month project is now almost two thirds in and is expected to be finalised in May. The Frank Rogers team has carried out the majority of the works, sub-contracting and working with specialist heritage contractors and suppliers at critical points.
All internal block work is now complete which will house three apartments (one x one-bed and two x two-bed) and three, three-bedroom townhouses. Staircases have been introduced including an original that was removed, repaired and reintroduced. Repairs to the external facade, including the church tower, have been carried out using a traditional lime render system whilst original windows have been preserved and repaired using traditional lead techniques where possible.
Frank Rogers Contracts Manager Dave Linderman said:
“The really challenging elements to the project are now complete. We have restored the fabric of the building, preserving and restoring original features where possible throughout. There is a strong marriage of traditional techniques and products with ultra-modern approaches and methodology. What we want to achieve are homes that meet the standards of modern day living whilst preserving the original integrity of the church.”
“The nature of most church buildings tend to have little daylight shining through as windows are often heavily leaded or stained. Today’s modern home needs far more natural light, so one of the challenges for us was to find ways were we could allow the two to work together. On a similar level, we want to create warm and comfortable living spaces, with low uvalues, whilst retaining the openness and celling heights, and so developed solutions where this could work.”
Tradesmen including plumbers, electricians and plasterers are now set to begin fit out works at the six properties which will form phase one of the project. Phase two, which includes the development of an annexe and house to the rear, will begin once first phase is complete.
Dean Rogers, Managing Director of Frank Rogers said:
“It’s great to have reached this critical stage where the fabric of the building has been repaired and restored. We really have worked hard to ensure we respect the church and its original design and have been consistent in our objectives to retain and reintroduce where possible. Our in house team will carry out this final phase of works, introducing high end specifications for the final fit out.”