Former parish church, now serving as a chapel to Winchester College is undergoing a schedule of works that will keep the building in use and update the user experience with the proposed reordering plans.
Ellis & Co have been at St Michael’s Church since the summer of 2019, we are now entering the completion phase of works. These works include the installation of toilets and their associated drainage, new glass lobby and screen, new heating and lighting system, interior re-ordering, plastering, masonry repairs and re-roofing.
The exterior re-roofing is now complete, the slates and have been replaced with a mix of the original and new natural Welsh slate. The entire slate roof was removed including the battens, a new ‘bat friendly’ underlay was installed as well as bat slates being placed within the roof to make provision for and help sustain the bat community within the city centre.
Masonry replacements as well as pointing have been carried out around the flint and dressed stone walls of the church, replacing defective mortar and stone to ensure the building remains structurally sound.
The re-ordering will modernise the churches interior and make it a more versatile space for functions whilst still maintaining its primary role of being a place of worship. With the inclusion of a new heating and lighting system giving St Michael’s a warmer, brighter feel for those using it.
Ellis & Co are looking to complete the works by the end of February.