Project Description

Project: Extension
Client: Blackburn Diocese.
Project Value: £120,000
Programme 10 weeks duration

The Overview

The works consisted of the extensions and alterations to the existing church to provide further community spaces in the form of a double storey building to the existing gable end of the Grade II listed church.

The form of the building was of a traditional build from concrete strip foundations, 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 rooflights.

Internally there were timber floors, internal plastered walls, timber staircase, kitchen and WC fit outs.

The Challenge

There were a number of considerable challenges on the project firstly with the graded listing of the building and the requirements to ensure adherence with any conditions of planning.

Secondly there was the probability of encountering graves within the location of the building footprint which were founded and therefore Gallaway had to ensure the correct processes were followed in terms of notifications to the Department of Constitutional Affairs, now 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 very clear consultation and support for the operatives and management undertaking the works.

The Solution

Communication was key to the project between Gallaway, the Diocese and the regulatory authorities to ensure bereaved family, parishioners, local 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