Client: Blackburn Diocese.
Project Value: £120,000
Programme 10 weeks duration
The works consisted of the extensions and alterations to the existing church to provide additional community spaces in the form of a double-storey building to the existing gable end of Grade II listed church.
The form of the building was of a traditional build from concrete strip foundations and masonry cavity wall construction finished with pebble dash render.
On the roof, a match for the existing roof slate was found with the introduction of conservation roof lights.
Internally there were timber floors, internal plastered walls, a timber staircase, a kitchen and WC fit-outs.
There were several considerable challenges on the project, firstly with the graded listing of the building and the requirements to ensure adherence with any planning conditions.
Secondly, there was the probability of encountering graves within the location of the building footprint which was founded. Therefore, Gallaway had to ensure the correct processes were followed regarding notifications to the Department of Constitutional Affairs, now the Ministry of Justice.
Gallaway completed the exhumations in full consultation with the necessary regulatory authorities and the Diocese of Blackburn to enable the works to continue. Further, of course, ensuring the highest standards of decency and respect along with clear consultation and support for the operatives and management undertaking the works.
Communication was key to the project between Gallaway, the Diocese and the regulatory authorities to ensure bereaved families, parishioners, residents etc., were all consulted correctly.
Outside of the significant complications through the exhumations, the project remained, throughout its duration, open to interest and the building needed to remain open for church services to continue.
Cleanliness of the site, respect and integrity remained a major consideration, and the Gallaway team performed to the highest standards expected of them.