St Chad’s Church, Headingley

St Chad’s Church, Headingley
Diocese of Ripon and Leeds

This complex project to the 150 year old Listed Grade 2* church in Headingley has involved ‘reordering’ the facilities to allow for a more useable community space. The pews and timber floors were removed and replaced with a concrete floor, underfloor heating and natural stone flags. The Sanctuary at the front of the church has been refurbished and the Lady Chapel has been fitted with fully glazed screens to delineate the worship areas. A new kitchen and toilet facilities have been provided in keeping with the existing oak panelling found throughout the church. In addition the main tower which extends down into the church has been refurbished and is now crèche accommodation for children. A full new heating and lighting system has also been provided. External works have been carried out for DDA requirements and new drainage installed.

The sensitivity of delivering what was to be a strip-out and reconfiguration of a substantial portion of the main church meant that daily consultation took place with designated representatives of the parochial church council. The replacement of the church floors with new stone alongside the installation of new services was a logistical challenge. In that it was imperative, as in all buildings of this nature, to ensure that no damage to the existing fabric occurred.

The Church received a commendation in the Leeds Architects Awards in 2012 and has been awarded Eco Congregation status.

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