Client: Washburn Heritage Project Group
Contractor: RN Woolers & Co. Ltd
This award winning heritage centre extends the Grade II* St Lawrence CE Church, the tower of which dates back to the 14th Century with the rest of the church being of the 17th Century. St Lawrence was already a vital part of the community but it was felt that the church needed to diversify in order to reach out to the Parish. The brief for the heritage centre, therefore, was to continue the church’s role as a place for community assembly whilst promoting the heritage of the wider area.
The heritage centre involves an extension to the church building and includes the demolition of the existing Hearse House and refurbishment of the boiler room which were later extensions to the church. The new building is situated to the north west of the church and connects to the tower on the line of the existing Hearse House. The levels within the site allow approximately 25% of the new extension to be buried below ground, setting the building within the existing landscape and reducing the visual impact of the extension within the churchyard and from the highway.
The development includes a new entrance which gives level access from the existing car park. A lobby space allows connection between the church and the new building. The majority of the extension has a multi-purpose space with exhibitions, presentation areas and a café area. The new service areas include toilets, a kitchen and store.
Shortlisted ‘community Benefit’ – RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2013
Bronze - RIBA Northern Network Awards 2011
For more information about Washburn Heritage Centre: www.washburnvalley.org