Lye & Wollescote Cemetery Chapels

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Application Type

AABC Conservation

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

West Midlands

Local Authority Area

Dudley

Information about this scheme

West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust recently completed a sensitive repair and conservation scheme of the Grade II Listed Victorian Chapels in Stourbridge. Formerly a heavily vandalised and vacant scar on the landscape, the now Thomas Robinson Building is a fully refurbished Registrar's office for Dudley Council. The scheme included the construction of a sensitively detailed new mezzanine level with a tapered ceiling and finished with glass sections of floor set within an oak perimeter allowing the stained glass windows to fill the space with natural light complementing the historic fabric. This project breathed life into these buildings by finding a sound long term use, engaging with the community and undertaking extensive sensitive repairs using best conservation practice. The re-development of Lye & Wollescote Cemetery Chapels was part of a wider initiative to connect with the local community and integrate the wider landscape with the local parks. Various activities were undertaken including grave clearing to the remaining adjacent cemetery and the formation of a cemetery trail, celebrating the notable graves in the cemetery. There has been significant support from the local community with the project being very well received. The scheme has had a positive effect in the local area with various local groups being involved in the design and construction phases of development resulting in a building which now sits proudly in an improved environment.

Credits

Conservation Architect

BHB Architects

Client

West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust

Main Contractor

Croft Building & Conservation Ltd

Quantity Surveyor

Graham Hale & Company

Services Engineer

Robertson Cartwright Design Ltd

Structural Engineer

Hancock Wheeldon & Ascough

Primary Use Class

Class D1h - Public Worship