Dukinfield Unitarian Chapel

Heritage Conservation Restoration Ltd were employed to carry out much needed repairs to the main roof/ vaulted ceiling construction of the Chapel along with associated masonry repairs to the Clearstory walls and East gable.

The Chapel had been closed for health and safety reasons prior to the works starting due to extensive dry rot that had grown through the main structural ribs of the vaulted plaster ceiling. This was due to the poor condition off the main roofs and defective cast iron rainwater gutters that had eroded away.

Externally, all the existing roof slates were stripped off and replaced with new Burlington Blue slates.  New cast iron rainwater goods were made and fitted bespokly for this project to improve the rainwater disposal system.  The external masonry walls were in poor condition and required dressing back and re pointed in lime mortar.

Internally structural timbers were cut back and replaced with new Douglas fir timber sat on new decorative timber corbels.  The decorative plaster ribs along with the vaulted plaster ceilings were cut away and replaced with new lime plaster and oak laths.  The wall plaster with the area of dry rot outbreak was hacked off and re-plastered in lime to allow the masonry walls to be treated to kill off the rot.

Within the roof space we created a walkway access which allows all the roofs to be maintained and prevent any further water ingress to the Chapel. With the works complete, it has allowed the chapel to reopen its doors again to the congregation and resume its normal services.

Client: Dukinfield Old Chapel and Sunday School Property Trust

Architect: Mark Pearce (Lloyd Evans Prichard)

Period: 36 Weeks

Value: £420,000.00

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