Client Cathedral Group
Value £1.3 Million
Status Completed 2008
Whilst at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Matt Thornley led the Cathedral Group’s Head Quarters project.
Through the careful choreography of contemporary insertions, Cathedral Group’s HQ refurbishment juxtaposes old and new to accentuate the qualities of both. Within the Grade II* listed St. Thomas’s Church (neglected and on English Heritage’s ‘at-risk’ register when the project began), a raised balcony floor extends the amount of usable floor space, whilst the below-ground crypts are reinvented as meeting rooms and support spaces.
The architectural strategy for the interior was generated by the physical constraints of the existing building and the philosophy of the occupier: flexible working environments are characterful and promote creativity. Each can be fully dismantled or reconfigured to suit its use. The church’s existing panelling and new joinery are carefully configured to discretely conceal services to the three internal floors.
Architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Main Contractor Linford Group
Quantity Surveyor/Contract Administrator William G. Dick Partnership LLP
Structural Engineer Train and Kemp LLP
Conservation Architects Richard Griffiths Architects
Service Engineers Mecserve
Lighting Designers Mindseye
Graphic Designer Studio Myerscough
Photography Rob Parrish
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