Gothic Revival chapel's whole fabric and original features restored over five years
Roger Mears Architects for undisclosed client
Contract value: £420,000
Cost per m2: £5,526
The locally-listed yet derelict Gothic Revival chapel is surrounded by a common and historic cemetery; conversion to a dwelling was the only viable means of saving it. Over five years, the whole fabric and its original features were restored. Damaged stonework was repaired using Kentish ragstone and repointed in hot mixed lime. Structural damage was repaired with minimum intervention, drainage replaced with lead-lined gutters and flashings and new rooflights provided additional daylight and ventilation. A reversible mezzanine and discreetly-installed services retain the interior character. Underfloor heating and secondary glazing improved thermal performance. The belfry was also restored to working order.