St James’ Church, Gerrards Cross

  • St James Church, Gerrards Cross

  • St James Church, Gerrards Cross

  • St James Church, Gerrards Cross

  • St James Church, Gerrards Cross

The re-ordering and refurbishment of a Grade II-listed working church and adjoining function room delivered on time and within budget.

Project

The refurbishment of the Church has provided improved and modernised facilities suitable for a busy parish, whilst enhancing many of the original architectural features. The Church interior was completely stripped back, redecorated and refurbished with underfloor heating, lighting, AV systems and new concealed mechanical and electrical services. The adjoining meeting and function rooms were remodelled and a new foyer and entrance canopy, roofing system and sky lantern were installed along with improved disabled access and a new wheelchair lift.

Challenges

  • Minimising disruption to the working Church
  • Safe access for people using the Church
  • Protecting Church assets

Solutions

Shared access to the site meant that managing vehicle movements for 200-plus cars at any one time was a key priority for our project team. A 17-metre birdcage scaffolding provided safe access right into the dome and the design and build contract helped minimise client risk. Beard took a sensitive approach to protecting the existing Grade II-listed structure and we were careful to protect the stained glass windows and the organ throughout the scheme.

It has been a real pleasure to work with Beard. The team has been first class, always willing, helpful and ready to work around the needs of a busy church community and at the same time completing the project on time and in budget. The quality of finish and attention to detail has inspired everyone – we are all delighted with how it has turned out.” 

Martin Williams, Rector, St James’ Church

Customer

St James Church Parochial Parish Council

Contract value

£800,000

Architect

JBKS

Quantity surveyor

Christopher Haire

Contract duration

32 weeks

Form of contract

JCT Design and Build 2005

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