Works have commenced at Dukinfield Unitarian Chapel, with Heritage Conservation Restoration Ltd carrying out both internal and external repairs. The contract value is £390,000, giving an indication of the scope of the project.
The external repairs involve the renewal of all the high-level slating and lead work, new cast iron gutters, stonemasonry repairs and repointing works.
Internally, extensive dry rot repairs are required to the vaulted ceiling construction. This includes the complete renewal of the lime plastered ribs, all of which are being made on site by Heritage. Due to the complex nature of the project, intricate plaster works and careful planning is needed to ensure there is no damage to the structure.
The architects are Lloyd Evans Prichard and the project is part funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and is expected to last approximately 32 weeks.
Rev D Penny
St Matthew’s Church, Chadderton
Churchwarden St. James’ Church, Gorton, Manchester
BA (Hons) BArch RIBA SCA AABC PDD (Building Cons.)
Architect / Director
Steve Burke Dip Arch (Oxf’d) Conservation Architect
Clitheroe Civic Society Pinnacle Project Team Leader