St Denis, East Hatley

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Exterior photograph of St Denis Church East Harley

Best Conservation, Alteration of Extension of an Existing Building – Under £2m Construction Costs

In this category, there is one winning scheme.

Winner: St Denis Church, East Hatley

Client: The Friends of Friendless Churches

Architect: Stephanie Norris Architects Ltd

Photography: Peter Mann and David Sear

Principal Designer: Colin Borley, Pimys Ltd

Contractor: Lodge & Sons (Builders) Ltd

Conservator: Hirst Conservation Ltd

Glazing Specialist Subcontractor: Lincolnshire Stained Glass

Ecologist: Dr Duncan Painter, Applied Ecology Ltd

Timber Conservation Specialist: Robert Demaus, Demaus Building Diagnostics Ltd

Judges’ Comments

“This is a delightful and heart-warming project.  St Denis’ Church was closed and stripped out in the 1960s, and left to become almost derelict, smothered in ivy and structurally unsafe. Taken on by the Friends of Friendless Churches and with strong community support, it has finally received the attention it deserved. The Church has been transformed, given new life and added value for the local community. We found the enthusiasm from and engagement with the local community particularly inspiring, and hope the Church will be used for many events now that is has been brought back to life from the very brink.”