Client: St Michaels & All Angels Church
Contract Value: £2 million
Contract Period: August 2006 – March 2008
Fire swept through the beautiful, ancient Parish Church in March 2006 causing extensive cracking and structural distress to the tower, completely ruining the interior of the Tower, and the nave roof. Restorative repairs to this Grade 1 building, required the whole church to be scaffolded, both internally and externally and structural repairs were needed to make the building safe.
The roof was replaced with new timber roof trusses designed to reflect the style of those destroyed in the fire by copying the one remaining truss but engineered to modern principles. The erection of the roof was carried out using traditional joinery skills to prevent the need for unsightly modern fixings. Floors were replaced and a new steeple was constructed on top of the bell tower. At the top of the bell tower, conservation has required replacement of extensive stonework damaged by fire. Structural bed reinforcement has been installed to reinstate the overall structural integrity of the tower. Further works included placing ties through the core of the East tower wall, running North-South to prevent the arch from forcing the supporting columns to ‘spread out’.
Two years and two days after the fire, the church was returned to its former glory and handed back to the Reverend John Sinclair and his Parishioners. The Bishop of Newcastle rededicated the packed church on that day ready for service on Easter Sunday the following day.
This project was recently awarded a Commendation in the Conservation category of the 2009 RICS North East Renaissance Awards.