St Matthew’s Chadderton

St Matthew’s had ongoing issues with the existing coverings and construction of the Narthex roof, causing internal damages due to multiple leaks. Heritage Conservation Restoration Ltd carried out the reconstruction of the Narthex roof to prevent any further leaking and damage being caused.

The first stage of the project was to dismantle all of the existing roofing structure to allow us to install a new timber roof build up. This included the complete renewal of the timber joists to create the correct falls and roof build up for laying a new terne coated stainless steel roof, all of which was constructed by Heritage on site.

The roof was designed to be a warm roof construction, laying Foamglass on top of the plywood deck as per the specification. New stainless steel rainwater chutes were made and installed on site, and we introduced a new outlet and associated drainage works to improve the discharge of water from the roof.

Internally, we installed a new lighting scheme, custom designed to coincide with the work we were carrying out. Internal works also included the plaster boarding and skimming of the new ceiling we had constructed and installed. Finally, the whole of the Narthex was decorated to give the project the perfect finish.

The church remained open throughout the project despite the extensive work being carried out. This meant careful planning was needed throughout, and segregation of the work allowed Heritage to carry out the works over the main entrance safely, with minimal disruption to the running of the church.

Client: PCC of St. Matthews

Architect: Martyn Wilshaw (Finlansons Partnership)

Period: 10 weeks

Value: £48,000

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