St Matthew’s Church, Chadderton

Finlason Partnership Limited, AltrinchamSt Matthew’s Church, Chadderton

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St Matthew’s Church

Client: St Matthew’s Church PCC

Location: Chadderton, Oldham

Budget: £250,000

Status: Completed 2016

Finlason Partnership Ltd are AABC Accredited Conservation Architects, works with many listed buildings across the North West and Wales. St Matthew’s Church, Chadderton commissioned FPL in late 2015 to carry out internal alterations and a re-ordering of the church having successfully completed urgent roof repair works the same year.

The church is a listed as Grade II on the English Heritage Register of Buildings. The building has been conserved and restored to the highest conservation standards.  The design includes the sensitive removal of the existing fixed furniture, and incorporation of contemporary movable bespoke oak furniture. The seating, choir stalls, alter rail and alter can all be dismounted allowing full flexibility, yet retain a traditional aesthetic. The Font was relocated into the main space to once again become a focus of worship. A contemporary, yet sensitive scheme of internal decoration has transformed the space, allowing light to fill and bounce around the Nave and Chancel.

All of the ancillary facilities, including Narthex, Vestries and Office were all updated to provide modern facilities of the highest standard to increase the use of the building and maximise its potential. New heating and electric systems were installed. A key restraint to the project was the tight time constraints, from achieving DAC approval, to carrying out the contract in a very limited window of opportunity between weddings and a busy schedule.

Prior to the internal re-ordering works at the church, Finlason Partnership assisted St Matthew’s in carrying out the replacement roof over the Narthex as part of a successful NHMF grant-assisted project.  The roofing works were undertaken between January and April 2016 and broadly comprised the replacement of the failed felt roof a robust stainless steel standing seam covering.

The project was successfully completed on time and in budget. Feedback to date is extremely positive.


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