Instead of carving up the majestic 130 foot nave, the architects created a series of timber insertions that express the original church columns whilst maintaining the original brickwork features and volume of the nave. Each timber insertion or ‘pod’ offers a unique and contemporary home offering glimpses out to the beautiful original features of the Grade II listed church and private grounds.
Part of the Architects pitch to English Heritage was that the new building would retain the materiality and feel of the original church. Specifying a finish that matched the materiality of existing features such as the organ, exposed ceiling rafters and church pews played a key role in the design approach.
Russwood were able to provide eight sample panels in different stains which helped the client to colour match against the original rafters. The client selected Russwood’s Classic Smoked Antique Oak flooring to be used as internal cladding.