This £2.5 million project saw the extension and enhancement to the facilities at All Saints’ Church in Woodford Green, Essex. The project was a comprehensive programme of modernisation to the existing buildings, with major improvements made to disabled access and special needs provision. The works transformed the accommodation and dramatically improved the environmental performance of the building.
The project saw the construction of a new two-storey annexe structure with a basement to the side and rear of the existing church hall building. This extension provides additional function space, community meeting rooms and a new media suite housed in the basement.
As part of the measures to enhance the hall’s green credentials, the building was re-roofed and new insulation was installed with a modern breathable performance membrane; re-using as many of the original roof tiles as possible. A number of glazed units were installed in the roof to maximise the amount of natural light entering the church hall and the existing chimney stack was taken down and rebuilt.
The hall’s basement boiler room was stripped out and remodelled to make way for a new, highly efficient biomass boiler system, which uses wood pellets to heat the building. All of the existing mechanical and electrical services were also upgraded to enhance efficiencies and reduce overall running costs. The final element saw a single-storey glazed reception structure, incorporating a welcome area and coffee bar and linking the church hall with the Grade II listed church.