Wesley Methodist Church, situated within the Chester Central Conservation Area, is a Grade II listed building constructed in 1811. This worship area is a beautiful heritage asset to historic Chester, yet over recent years had found its self being under-utilised and in need of major investment.
The works undertaken comprised the removal of most pews which have been replaced with movable seating, providing the church with a much needed large, flexible space, benefiting from under floor heating and a new engineered timber floor finish. A rising stage platform was installed along with two ramps with glass balustrades to link the floor levels. Access to the existing roof space has been improved and the installation of a new central roof light now provides natural light to the refurbished church.
Given the church’s location in the heart of Chester, access for construction purposes were very restricted. We worked our material deliveries around Chester city centre’s closed traffic policy between 10am & 4pm, whilst also ensuring the church was still able to operate its cafe and community liaison work alongside the refurbishment works.
Wesley Methodist Church now combines its inspiring architecture with the flexibility needed for a wide range of worship styles and community activities.
"The quality of the work undertaken by Armitage was outstanding. The project was delivered on time, and the measures taken by Armitage to screen off the work meant that we were able to keep our church centre open during the work with a minimum amount of disruption."