Architects, Bath, Somerset

The Old Chapel, Bath, Somerset

Chapel Conversion

Project: Chapel Conversion
Title: The Old Chapel
Location: Stoke St Michael, Bath, Somerset
Client: Private

Known as the Old Chapel, in the rural Mendip village of Stoke St Michael in Somerset, the project involved the conversion, conservation and refurbishment of the existing Methodist Chapel and Sunday School into architect’s offices and family home. The work entailed the sensitive conversion of an existing chapel and, whilst it not a Listed Building or in a Conservation Area, it is of historic significance to the local built environment. Traditional skills of local builders and craftsmen from the village were fully utilised. Additionally, the use of reclaimed materials uphold the environmental design. For example, carpenters have used their traditional crafts to reuse reclaimed Oak to create timber floors, stairs, windows and doors. The sustainable approach of reusing a redundant building makes a positive contribution to the built environment, with improved insulation, natural lighting and underfloor heating, giving a cost effective running solution. Internally the juxtaposition of open plan versus cellular space creates an exciting space to live and work, mixing traditional with contemporary, in a sensitive yet dynamic manner. Winner of a Green Apple Award for preserving our architectural heritage and making a positive contribution to the built environment. Selected as an exemplar project by the RIBA Sector Reviews.

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