The congregation at Moulton Church are celebrating the completion of an extensive refurbishment programme that commenced in May of this year. GSSArchitecture began working with Moulton Church on the project in 2006 when an initial vision of former Vicar, Reverend Peter Breckwoldt, set out to update the church facilities and meet the needs of a modern church and its community. St Peter and Saint Pauls Church, a Grade 1 Listed building incorporating Saxon features, dates back to the 12th Century and has been at the heart of Moulton life for the past 800 years.
The proposal included an inviting entrance accessible to all, the removal of the pews, installation of a new floor, underfloor heating, adjustable lighting and audio visual facilities – complete with a hot drinks servery in the main body of the church.
In June 2015 a Faculty Consent was obtained from the Diocese to carry out the work envisaged many years previously. A successful fund raising campaign enabled the work to start on site in June 2017. GSSArchitecture’s specialist heritage team acted as Architects, BSD as Mechanical Engineers and Benedict Cadbury as lighting consultant. The work was completed by Steele and Bray and handed over in October enabling preparation for services to resume.
The result is a renewed and updated historic building appropriate for 21st century worship with open spaces allowing adaptable, flexible layouts of furniture. Having been closed during the weekdays in recent years, the Church now is now open to visitors throughout the day to enjoy a hot drink and a chat at the newly provided servery area.
Andy Byfield, who has been Vicar at the Church since 2012, said, “Seeing Peter’s long-term vision finally come to fruition is an exciting time for everyone involved. The work has exceeded our expectations and we look forward to welcoming the community back to the Church to enjoy the fantastic new facilities.”
William Assheton, Partner at GSSArchitecture said, “It is very rewarding to work with clients who have long term vision for the future and yet who respect the history and the fabric of their important ancient buildings”.
The first service will be held at the end of October with a recommissioning ceremony taking place on the 8th of November. With a building now set up to accommodate worship in a variety of formats, the Church can continue to host a number of activities in a warm well-lit environment for the next 800 years.